Tuberculosis (TB)


Frequently Asked Questions

TBTEAM with its partners, aims to track grant implementation, identify issues, resolve problems and ensure follow-up.

1. How does TBTEAM build capacity in countries ??

a. TBTEAM provides direct technical assistance in order to support countries in implementing TB programmes, specifically under the Global Fund, and related, grants and ensure release of future funding for that country.
b. Indirect support through organizing Joint Monitoring missions in line, and with the involvement of the Global Fund as well as assisting countries develop strong National TB Strategic Plans.

2. How does TBTEAM facilitate better access to high quality technical assistance?
a. TBTEAM provides some training to select consultants in order to provide the best quality technical assistance especially in terms of changes in international policies, including Global Fund processes and further development and support in National TB Strategic plans at country level.
b. An online information-sharing tool which provides information on technical assistance events by country, including technical assistance requests (gaps in financial and human resources) as well as information for experts and partners on past TA missions (reports, summaries, terms of references).

3. Why does TBTEAM interact with the Global Fund?
The Global Fund provides close to 90% of international funding to TB programmes globally. It is essential that all funding available to countries is released and TBTEAM monitors and coordinates with all partners to support access and implementation of TB programmes under the Global Fund grants.

5. How does TBTEAM work with the Global Fund?
TBTEAM meets the Global Fund secretariat weekly to ensure better coordination between the Global Fund with the NTP, and other stakeholders. TBTEAM is also involved in some country joint visits to ensure that TB is high on the country agenda.

4. Why is a national TB strategic plan (NSP) essential for TB control?
• To reach goals and operational objectives for the NTP
• To set strategic interventions
• To specify activities to be implemented
– Which activities?
– What are the targets of these activities?
– Where to implement these activities?
– When to implement these activities?
– Who will implement these activities?
• To set a budget and identify funding availability
• To operationalize the activities' implementation
• To monitor and evaluate the strategic interventions
• To identify and plan the TA needs

5. How can a NSP be used for mobilizing resources at national and international levels, through bilateral and multilateral mechanisms (e.g.: Global Fund)?
The NSP is an instrument for TB control management that can guide the mapping of available partners and resources and help identifying gaps and priorities. It can also be used as a basis for identification and inclusion of new partners in both advocacy and implementation activities.