Meet the new Challenge Facility for Civil Society grantees!

29 April 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - The Stop TB Partnership’s Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020, challenges the traditional biomedical approaches to TB and calls for integrated and comprehensive responses to TB that are patient-centered and include strong partnerships with communities and civil society. To support community engagement the Stop TB Partnership launched a call for the seventh round of Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS) grants in 2015. The CFCS provides grants to technically sound and innovative interventions to support the engagement of communities in national tuberculosis (TB) responses.

To date and in an era of top down, biomedical responses to TB, the CFCS has done much to invest in and demonstrate the effectiveness of community responses - US$ 2.1 million has been awarded to 121 grantees in 41 countries since 2007.

Communities and civil society however still lack recognition as legitimate partners at national and local levels, which is compounded with a significant shortage of resources for community initiatives. The CFCS has thus transformed from a project that supports small scale community initiatives to investing more in community responses that are integrated and part of a comprehensive response to TB.

To contribute to its vision of strengthened comprehensive TB responses that engage and are accountable to communities the 3 primary objectives of Round 7 are to:

Of the 482 proposals received 10 were approved (due to funding limitations) for funding by an independent selection committee. You can access the grantee profiles here.