Civil Society meeting charts course for increased Global Fund engagement

30 July - Nairobi, Kenya - Civil Society representatives met from 29 to 30 July to share the results of a mapping exercise designed to encourage the development of regional networks of communities affected by tuberculosis (TB).

The mapping process highlighted the challenges facing communities in four main areas: advocacy, capacity building, technical assistance and partnership. It is part of a broader Stop TB Partnership Initiative to foster stronger involvement of civil society in TB activities, particularly the planning and implementation of Global Fund projects in countries.

Paving the way to greater representation of people affected by TB on Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanisms, the meeting provided participants with an in-depth understanding of Global Fund operations.

The meeting was co-funded by the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the Stop TB Partnership who co-organized the meeting with the TB Advocacy Consortium, a partner organization based in Kenya. Participants agreed that following the meeting there should be broader TB network meetings in each region and that the findings from the mapping exercise should be presented at the World Conference on Lung Health in Paris in October 2013.