November 10, 2022, Bangkok, Thailand – In the first of its kind, the Community Summit, organized by the Stop TB Partnership, mobilized more … than 160 Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS) and Stop TB Partnership (STP) national platform partners from over 35 countries to join forces and strategize on how to amplify their voices and ensure that that tuberculosis (TB) be placed at the top of the international political agenda . The Summit was also an opportunity to strengthen the position of CFCS as an important mechanism for building capacity in sustainable community-based approaches to TB.
With the aim of informing, mobilizing and coordinating TB communities for strategic engagement ahead of the United Nations High Level Meeting (UN HLM) in 2023, a series of panel discussions and group exercises were organized. During the week, participants reflected on the results of the previous UNHLM 2018 and came up with innovative ideas for community advocacy in the run-up to next year’s UNHLM 2023. The purpose of this exercise was to ensure strong participation and commitment. heads of state and government around the world.
Affected communities and civil society partners also participated in the consultations for the next edition of the community accountability report Deadly Divide: TB Commitments Vs TB Realities which will be developed as an important advocacy tool to set key priorities for the A HLM 2023.
“This Summit represents for me the ‘meeting of the year’, a gathering of family and friends, and seeing so many of you discussing the way forward to end TB gives me tremendous hope. Gone are the days when we were unable to identify more than a handful of civil society and community representatives. said Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership, who addressed attendees virtually.
“The involvement and leadership of the affected community and civil society is essential and non-negotiable if we are to succeed in ending TB and it is impressive to see that things are moving and we are seeing a transformation in the response to tuberculosis. Even though we don’t have the financial resources we wish we had, people like you are building the movement to end TB. and together we will end TB.
Building on the outcomes of previous discussions on opportunities for national-level engagement and bridging the deadly gap between communities and the realities of TB, the participants emphasized the importance of institutionalizing and scaling up community-directed surveillance (CLM) to reach every person affected by TB. The performers of the OneImpact CLM Approach from Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ukraine, Cambodia, Cameroon and Kyrgyzstan shared their national experiences.
At the end of the meeting, more than 130 community and civil society organizations endorsed the Declaration of community monitoring of tuberculosis in Bangkokwhich calls on national TB programs, technical partners, technical assistance providers and donors to align, integrate, scale up and fund OneImpact CLM for All.
The Summit hosted the gala dinner during which Club des Amis Damien (DR Congo) and TBpeople Ukraine were announced as co-winners of the Stop TB Partnership Community Award 2022. The $50,000 prize is jointly supported by the Stop TB Partnership and the Humana Foundation.
The summit also aimed to train grassroots organizations and partners on effective grant management and implementation, including grant support to build grant management capacity, narrative reporting and reporting practices. financial reports, how to effectively document changes and best practices, including communication and advocacy skills. .
Another focal point of the Summit was the importance of national-level advocacy and the involvement of communities and civil society affected by TB to end TB. Partners engaged in discussions on how to develop ambitious national strategic plans with a focus on ensuring that the ambition in the Global Plan to End TB 2023-2030 is reflected at country level.
It was emphasized that ambitious NSPs will ensure that countries are well placed to develop strategic funding requests to the Global Fund for upcoming New Funding Model IV (NFM4) submissions. In this context, the STP NFM4 TB community support kit was shared with participants, including introductions to TB communities, rights and gender (CRG) tools, including the TB Key and Vulnerable Population Size Estimation tool, the TB Legal Enabling Environment Scorecard and Financial TB Investment case and CRG action plan guidelines.
On the final day of the Summit, the Civil Society Challenge Facility and country-level STP platforms prioritized partnership and coordination for impact. This was guided by the work on UN HLM, CLM, NFM4 which had been discussed over the previous days. The Summit created an important opportunity for learning and coordination across countries through national and regional TB networks ensuring mobilization and partnerships among grantees for common advocacy priorities.