The work of the TBTEAM aims to improve Global Fund TB grant performance and relieve bottlenecks to grant implementation by linking countries with quality technical assistance. This is achieved through
- Capacity building for national technical assistance planning and coordination
- Analysis of available data, technical assistance coordination, and grant monitoring to inform the provision of quality technical assistance
- Targeted and coordinated technical assistance in priority countries
TBTEAM works through two main objectives:
- To provide global level coordination and planning to inform Global Fund periodic reviews, Phase 2 renewals, and grant implementation in priority countries and a few selece other countries with poorly performing grants.
- To strengthen the capacity of National TB Programmes (NTP) and TB stakeholders at country level to engage with Global Fund grant processes, including the development and improvement of National TB Strategic Plans and coordination of technical assistance among technical partners.
TBTEAMs work enables the most effective use of Global Fund resources. It functions through a network of country based focal points and regional focal points (within the WHO six regional offices, and including three inter-country support teams for Africa) and over 60 stakeholders. The TBTEAM Secretariat complements the regional and national TBTEAM, which take the lead on partner coordination, advanced planning and identification of funding for any technical assistance. Through this network TBTEAM links Global Fund grant implementers and the Global Fund Secretariat with various technical areas within the Global TB Programme, the Stop TB Partnership, the Global Drug Facility, the gGLC, rGLC, MDR-TB, TB/HIV, ENGAGE-TB, Global Laboratory Initiative and operational research among many others. The linkages have been very useful in discussions around Global Fund grant processes, such as the Phase 2 renewals, grant reprogramming, and removing grant bottlenecks like delayed funds for drugs causing shortages and the development of MDR-TB expansion plans.
TBTEAM Focal points
Please contact the nearest focal point for your region.
For more information please contact:
World Health Organization
Global TB Programme
Technical Support and Coordination Unit (TSC)
20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: + 41 22 791 1626
Fax: +41 22 791 4199