TB CRG Assessment Country Reports
If we are to find the missing millions, we must understand and overcome the barriers that these missing people face when they endeavor to access TB services. Since 2017, Stop TB Partnership has been supporting countries to roll out assessment tools to identify TB key and vulnerable population data gaps, human rights and gender barriers to accessing TB services and subsequent solutions to address inequalities to accessing TB prevention, treatment, care and support services.
The CRG Assessment (including of assessments of legal environments, human rights, gender and key and vulnerable populations) is guided by four overarching objectives:
- Improve the evidence base and national capacity to respond to the needs of TB KVPs;
- Meaningfully engage and strengthen capacity and build relationships among civil society and communities affected by TB to participate in national TB responses;
- Promote human rights-based, stigma-free legal and policy environments; and
- Foster gender-transformative TB programming.
The CRG Assessment is a multi-stakeholder participatory process comprising four primary stages: (1) inception, adaptation of the assessment protocol, and secondary data collection; (2) training and primary data collection; (3) data analysis and validation, and report writing; and (4) dissemination and costed action planning.
Country findings from these assessments are summarized in the following reports:
Further TB CRG Assessments are underway. Together with Socios En Salud, TB CRG Assessments are being undertaken in 11 countries in the Americas: Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Panama and Honduras. Together with Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives an Assessment is being completed in Vietnam. In Myanmar, STP is working together with Alliance Myanmar. And, in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Cote d'Ivoire and Nepal STP is working to commence the TB CRG Assessment and Action Plan processes.
An Integrated TB CRG Assessment Tool
Evidence from country experience with the individual assessments demonstrate that in order to inform integrated actions there is a need to conduct an integrated assessment. As result of this evidence, Stop TB Partnership worked on integrating the various CRG tools, streamlining the implementation process and is currently developing an integrated CRG Tools Protocol. Based on accumulated global experience, the interim protocol will be further developed into a comprehensive TB CRG Toolkit in 2020.
TB Country-Level Assessment Protocol Template (DRAFT Working Document)