Global meeting on strengthening public-private provider engagement calls for greater collaboration with all care providers to get the TB response back-on-track and to enhance accountability
9 November 2022, Geneva | Over 120 participants from countries, partners and civil society came together for the first time in-person since the pandemic, at the Global Meeting of the Working Group on Public-Private Mix (PPM) for TB prevention and care.
The meeting, held on 2-4 November in Nairobi, Kenya was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund. The meeting was opened by Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme and Dr Madhukar Pai, Chair of the Stop TB PPM Working Group and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. TB survivor and advocate - Caroline Mburu - shared her personal journey combating TB, and called for the engagement of all care providers to ensure access to quality care wherever a person chooses to access it, in the public or private sector.
Key speakers and participants at the meeting:
- Reviewed global, regional and national progress in prioritizing PPM to close gaps in access to prevention and care services including through the roll-out of the PPM roadmap.
- Shared best practices and innovations in private sector TB service delivery in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Discussed ongoing efforts to strengthen PPM monitoring and accountability, as part of the roll out of the WHO’s multisectoral accountability framework on TB (MAF-TB).
- Reviewed WHO’s initiative on strengthening TB PPM monitoring and evaluation in 7 PPM priority countries through enhanced data dashboards.
- Charted the way forward and identified key priorities for the PPM Working Group for the coming year, including preparations for the 2023 UN High Level Meeting on TB.