A country-level partnership platform is a vehicle to engage different actors in TB prevention and care, to mobilize resources, and to promote innovation and new approaches to achieve the goal of ending TB. Through this innovative multistakeholder approach, the platforms engage non-traditional actors, such as TB Champions and celebrities, to raise the profile of TB, while working closely with stakeholders from different sectors and the National TB Program (NTP). Through their partners, the platforms support development and implementation by offering technical assistance and coordination.
A country-level partnership platform is a voluntary alliance between organizations drawn from the public, civil society, and private/business sectors who commit to working collaboratively on TB prevention and care. All partners contribute through their core competencies, share risks and responsibilities, and benefit by collectively catalyzing an innovative approach towards achieving their own goals, the goals of other partners, and the overall goal.
A country-level partnership platform aims at strengthening TB prevention and care in the country in close collaboration with the NTP towards achieving the targets of the Global Plan to End TB. It can contribute to the implementation of the national TB strategic plan by harnessing the contributions of all relevant stakeholders. For this reason, a platform’s focus is decided by the partners on a case-by-case basis, depending on the country context. Current examples range from advocacy and resource mobilization to coordination of service delivery.
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: