Statement of Action to enhance the engagement of communities, non-governmental and other civil society organisations in the implementation of the End TB Strategy
The Statement of Action is the product of a preceding WHO TB Consultation held in Addis Ababa on 11 to 13 November, 2015. The consultation brought together 90 NGOs and other CSOs, along with national TB programmes and donors, to dialogue and share best practices, innovative approaches, challenges and opportunities in their community-based activities within and beyond TB care and health. The participants explored concrete ways in which they could work together, alongside governments and other partners, to ensure effective implementation of the WHO End TB Strategy. The meeting agenda was also informed by detailed inputs from 400 NGOs and other CSOs who participated in an advance online consultation.
Following intense discussions at the consultation, a joint statement was drawn up - outlining 20 priority actions for NGOs and other CSOs, national TB programmes, Ministries of Health and other line ministries, The Global Fund and other bilateral and multilateral donors as well as for WHO. Their implementation will be crucial for ensuring enhanced engagement of NGOs and CSOs in TB care.