In 2019 Stop TB Partnership re-ignited its support for country-level partnership platforms that aim to realize the ambition of the Global Plan to End TB and to support the achievement of the United Nations High Level Meeting on TB Political Declaration targets and commitments. Working as coalitions, country platforms are voluntary alliances between organizations drawn from the public, civil society, TB survivors, journalists, celebrities, private/business sectors, the National TB Program and others who commit end TB.
Stop TB Partnership continues to engage and support country-level partnership platforms through grants and technical assistance in 30 countries. Sixteen grants have been signed in 2022 with Ukraine, Cambodia, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Uganda, Congo DRC, Cameron, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Two additional grants will be signed in 2023 with Bangladesh and the Philippines.
With support from STP, the country level platforms have advanced advocacy, coordination, and partnership initiatives and efforts, particularly their engagement in various platforms related to TB at the national and sub-national level, they managed to mobilize high-level government officials, national key stakeholders, and practitioners across sectors to advance achievement of commitments to end TB by 2030.
The country level platforms will continue to work to ensure a coordinated, strong voice and a united ask from countries at the upcoming UN high-level meeting in September 2023.
The benefits of establishing a country-level platform include:
- Innovation and strategic alliance
- Multisectoral participation
- Increased resources
- Proactive leadership
- Social capital
- Social change
- Technical support
Key areas of work of the country-level platforms include the following activities:
- Multisectoral action plan on TB
- Resource mobilization
- Communication and advocacy
- Engagement of non-traditional actors (TB Champions, celebrities, journalists)
- Integration of human and gender rights policies and programs
- Service delivery
The Stop TB Partnership supports and facilitates the operationalization of all these key areas. Country-level platforms in action: