GENEVA – The Stop TB Partnership and the Global Fund today signed a new collaboration agreement to contribute towards the goal of finding and treating an additional 1.5 million people with tuberculosis who are currently missed by health systems.
Under the TB Strategic Initiative, the Stop TB Partnership will work with national TB programs and partners in 13 countries, providing technical support through a combination of innovative approaches and best practices to remove barriers to accessing TB services, with a particular focus on key populations and vulnerable groups.
In 2016, 10.4 million people got sick with TB, an entirely preventable and curable disease. Only 6.3 million were detected and officially notified, leaving a gap of 4.1 million people who were “missed” by health systems after failing to be diagnosed, treated or reported. The result is many will die or continue to be sick and transmit the disease or, if treated with improper drugs, contribute to the growing menace of drug resistance.
PEPFAR continues to increase our impact in a cost-effective manner in fight against AIDS.
As of September 30, 2017, PEPFAR supported more than 15.2 million biomedical preventive interventions (VMMC) in Eastern and Southern Africa to protect men and boys.
In the 10 African countries (63 districts) implementing PEPFAR’s pioneering DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) public-private partnership, the majority (65% or 41) of the highest HIV-burden districts achieved a decline in new diagnoses among adolescent girls and young women ages 15-24 by more than 25% since 2015, including 14 districts that had a decline of greater than 40%. Importantly, new diagnoses declined in nearly all DREAMS intervention districts.
The Community, Rights and Gender (CRG) Technical Assistance Program provides support to civil society and community organizations to meaningfully engage in the Global Fund model, including during:
Under this program, national civil society and community organizations can apply for technical assistance in a range of areas, such as: