Target Tuberculosis, United Kingdom
Dear Challenge Facility,
Target TB was the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Stop TB Partnership Challenge Facility for Civil Society to support a 1 year project in 2009. This grant not only helped to establish a successful project approach working with remote, marginalized communities in Eastern India, but has also since allowed us to leverage considerable further funding from other donors to support the development and expansion of the activities in future years.
The project funded with the Stop TB Partnership CFCS grant reached out to marginalized tribal communities in Eastern India with a comprehensive programme of community health awareness to prevent and control TB. As a result of the success of this 1 year project, Target TB and its local implementing partner, AID India, were able to use this experience to demonstrate to a UK based funder about the impact these activities had in preventing and controlling TB, resulting in a 2 year grant for continuation funding of the project activities, expanding the number of people, and districts reached. In 2012 with 3 years experience delivering this successful health education and community mobilization programme on TB, Target TB and AID India, successfully submitted a multi-year proposal to the UK's Department for International Development, incorporating these activities into a much larger scale project which aims to promote equal access to TB health services in India through promoting and strengthening the role of civil society groups in positively influencing RNTCP policies and programmes.
The CFCS grant therefore was an excellent source of seed funding to pilot an approach, which we have since developed and expanded, reaching more people and more areas with vital information about TB, and how to support TB in their local communities.