NGOs call for funds to eliminate TB

Non-governmental organisations (NGO) working to eliminate tuberculosis have urged the government to ensure that the National Strategic Plan for 2017-2025 is fully funded and effectively implemented to eliminate tuberculosis. ‘Invest substantially’ Several NGOs and stakeholders, including TB survivors, have urged the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and donor countries to invest substantially in communities to create a person-centred, rights-based and gender-sensitive response to TB. The signatories to these appeals are Touched by TB, TB Mukt Vahini-Bihar and REACH (Resource Group for Education and Advocacy on Community Health). These organisations are supported by the Stop TB Partnership, Geneva; Global Coalition of TB Activists; Rainbow TB Forum, Tamil Nadu; and Journalists against TB, Bengaluru. The NGOs and stakeholders have committed to supporting the government in achieving a people-centred and rights-based response; partnering with service providers to reach the last mile support; serving as an early-warning system by sharing real-time information; and contributing to effective planning and implementation of the National Tuberculosis Control Programme (NTCB), drawing on their lived experiences of TB. These decisions followed discussion by NGOs, stakeholders from the TB community, and survivors and community organisations, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. Preparatory meeting The country will host the preparatory meeting for the 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund and Launch of the Investment Case on Friday and Saturday in New Delhi.

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