Stories from the Field - June 2023

Innovation and Advocacy in the Fight Against TB

The Stop TB Partnerhsip is dedicated to enhancing tuberculosis (TB) and care at the country level through collaboration with National Tuberculosis Control Programmes (NTP) and aligning with the Global Plan to End TB. Their country-level partnership platforms have made significant progress in advocating for ending TB by 2030 through coordination and collaborative initiatives.

As we delve into the latest updates from Stop TB National Partnerships, a common theme of innovation and advocacy emerges, showcasing the dedciation of these partnerships in combatting TB.

Stop TB Partnership Mozambique

 Advocacy: The Stop TB Partnership Mozambique recently held its inagural General Assembly Meeting, graced by the presence of his Exellency Armingo Tiago, Minister of Health. During the meeting, the board members were appointed, and significant changes were approved to expand the partnership to include more organizations and celebrities. Additionally, a media engagement workshop was organized, led by the NTP Manager and Ministry of Health staff. Journalist underwent training on the Code of Conduct and pledged to actively promote TB prevention through radio and television broadcast. The event was also televised, reaching a wider audicence.

From Mozambique, we shift our attention to Ukraine, where Stop TB Partnership Ukraine demostrates its commitment to innovation through engagin storytelling methods.

Stop TB Partnership Ukraine

Innovations: Stop TB Ukraine recently unveiled a three-part cartoon series titled "Become a TB Researcher" on Facebook and Youtube. This captivating and interactive form of storytelling aims to educate both children and adults about health and the world around them. 

In the month of May, Stop TB Partership Ukraine also launched a program on the Aportrophe TV channel titled "Immunity vs Tuberculosis: Who Wins and When?" 
The TV program explores the develpment of a child's immunity from the earliest days of life, emphasizing the importance of receiving vaccinations in maternitiy hospitals, including protection against TB through the BCG vaccine.

The video can be accessed here:



Now, let´s move to Tanzania, where Stop TB Parnership focuses on leveraging digital platforms for TB visibility and education.

Stop TB Partnership Tanzania

Stop TB Partership Tanzania actively took part in a workship organized by the Ministry of Health incollaboration with PATH and JHU - Breaktrhough ACTION. The objective was to gather essential requirements for the production and dissemination of digital messages on TB. This initiative forms part of the national strategy to enhance TB visibility, increase screening rates, and effectively refer TB presumptive individuals to nearby healthcare facilities for laboratory assessments. By implementing this approach, individuals will receive concise and informative messages directly on their mobile phones, providing them with comprehensive informations about TB.

Transitioning to Tajikistan, Stop TB Partnership continues its efforts to raise visibility and engage various stakeholders in hte fight against TB

Stop TB Partnership Tajikistan

Visibility towards efforts to End TB: Stop TB Partnership Tajikistan participated in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia TB Summit 2023, a significant gathering of civil society and mass media. The summit, held in Dushanbe from May 16-18, 2023, aimed to unite  individuals affected by TB, international organizations, civil society, journalists, and parliamentarians to develop a comprehensive strategy for ending TB in the Region.

Participants had the opportunity to explore innovative methods for TB diagnosis, treatment, care, and education, including the demonstration of cutting-edge technologies such as portable x-ray device with AI, the OneImpact program.
Engaging discussions were held with TB ambassadors, esteemed personalities within the country, and members of the inspiring "Our Heroes: NO TB" campaign.


Moving to Cameroon, Stop TB Partnership highlights the importance of private sector involvement in closing the TB funding gap.

Stop TB Partnership Cameroon

Stop TB Partnership Cameroon mobilized private sector stakeholders to address teh TB funding gap. In parthership with fifteen media outlets, they organized a Sport walk, uniting nearly 100 participants. 

The event aimed to encourage private sector involvement in closing the TB funding deficit and securing increased national and international funding to end TB.








From Cameroon, we now shift our focus to Nigeria, where Stop TB Partnershi supports TB knowledge and combats stigma associated with TB.


Stop TB Partnership Nigeria

Lack of understanding of TB poses a significant challenge to TB control efforts. From 10-12 May 2023, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria, in collaboration with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme, organized a Training of Trainers' /Peer Educatiors' Workshop on TB Literacy. 

This crucial initiative aimed to enchance knowledge of TB science, reduce stigma, and combat discrimination associated with the disease.







Let´s now turn our attention to Ghana, where Stop TB Partnership emphasizes innovation and capacity building in the fight against TB.


Stop TB Partnership Ghana

Innovation and Capacity building: Stop TB Partnership Ghana in collaboration with Hope for Future Generations and Dure Technologies organized a training on the TB Impact GH application. 

The TB data collection and TB education platform is one of the technologies being deployed to bolster fight against TB in Ghana.







Finally, we move to Uganda, where Stop TB Partnerhip helps raise TB awareness and sensitization.


Stop TB Partnership Uganda

Stop TB Partnership Ugabda collaborated with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to engage with kingdoms and cultural institutions, aiming to raise awareness and improve the utilization of TB services within these structures.

The initiative sought to explore opportunities and action plas to support TB through specialized campaigns and initiatives. The activity specially targeted five kingdoms and cultural instituttions, namely Busoga, Buganda, Tooro, Bunyoro and Lango. 

A total of 740 cultural leaders received sensitization, while 884 individuals were screened for TB through engagements with the NTLP Mobile TB Van, resulting in the collection of 307 samples. The individuals diagnosed with TB and promptly commenced on treatment, with ongoing follow-up.