TB REACH to launch a call for proposals for funding

1 November 2010 - Geneva - On 1 December 2010 the Stop TB Partnership's TB REACH initiative will put forth a call for proposals for the second wave of funding. Applications will be accepted until 28 February 2011.

Applicants will be required to submit their proposals via a standardized application form that will be available on the Stop TB Partnership- TB REACH web site (https://www.stoptb.org/global/awards/tbreach/) beginning 1 December. A list of eligible countries and all necessary guidelines and eligibility requirements also will be posted.

Launched in January 2010, TB REACH is a fast-track funding initiative of the Stop TB Partnership that focuses on reaching people who have limited or no access to TB services, with the main objective of promoting early and increased detection of infectious TB cases and ensuring their timely treatment. The initiative seeks to contribute to addressing the wide and persistent gap in detection of TB cases, which remains a major barrier to accelerating progress in the global fight against TB. It is estimated that over 9 million new cases of TB occur worldwide each year but only 5 to 6 million TB cases are detected and notified by national TB programmes.

Under the first wave of TB REACH funding, which was announced in January 2010, 30 NGO and governmental projects were started in 19 countries.

This second call for TB REACH proposals offers an opportunity for national TB programmes, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, Stop TB partners and civil society organizations to develop ground-breaking, innovative approaches and techniques and obtain the necessary funding to put them into action. Successful applicants must demonstrate that their projects can reach people from the poorest and society's most vulnerable groups - the people who are not currently accessing accurate TB diagnosis and treatment.

A all eligible partners, national programmes and organizations are encouraged to apply.