National stop TB partnerships improve local responses

National partnerships to stop tuberculosis (TB) bring varied partners together to develop and implement shared action plans to tackle TB. The partnering process allows national partnerships to maximize the efforts of existing state and non-state actors; bring more services and awareness-raising campaigns to the people, where they are; give a unified voice to non-state partners; and serve as a platform to develop funding proposals and implement grants. If you do not already have a national partnership, now is right time to start. The financial crisis, TB-HIV co-infection and the rise of drug-resistant TB are stretching the resources of TB programmes around the world. This makes the case for founding a national partnership through the partnering process all the more compelling.

The partnering process consists of three steps: 1) conduct a workshop to confirm a shared vision between all partners and map the resources that each partner can contribute; 2) develop a shared national TB plan which has clear roles and responsibilities for each partner based on their strengths; 3) mobilize resources and implement a shared national TB plan. The added value of a partnering approach has been verified by existing national partnerships.

Swaziland Stop TB Partnership reports: "Thanks to the partnership, the national manager can focus on performing its core coordination role, while partners’ activities are streamlined through identification of areas of comparative advantage. The coordination of activities with the national TB strategic plan has been implemented and quarterly monitoring and evaluation meetings have been under taken. Through the partnership’s joint planning, additional resources have been secured, mainly from the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria]." 

For more information about the partnering process, please visit our website and our new leaflet describing the added value of the partnering approach.

Elisabetta Minelli, Stop TB Partnership 


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