Regional TBTEAM Meetings
European Regional Meeting
The Hague, Netherlands. May 2013
The workshop took place in The Hague, Netherlands and was attended by more than 30 participants from the 9 TBTEAM priority countries of the WHO European Region (i.e. NTP representatives from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova). Besides and in order to further cross-fertilize discussions with regards to the objectives of the meeting (see below), there were colleagues from the Global Fund and representatives of partner organizations such as KNCV, TBCARE and USAID. This meeting and workshop further built on a workshop held and organized in Moldova in October 2012, where the overall components of national strategic plans for TB control were discussed and presented. Objectives of this event included: 1) Heightened understanding of the new GF model and identify ways to maximize resources through strategic planning at country level; 2) Determining how partners can continue efficient cooperation with regards to technical assistance planning and coordination and monitor gaps identified in national strategic plans (NSPs) to meet relevant country demands; 3) Further harmonize and update existing country plans and 4) Discuss and present the current guidance in joint planning for programme reviews. Presentations made and discussions held were focussing on refining existing national strategic TB documents, i.e. by improving respective partners’ contributions in order to avoid duplications and overlaps. Also aspects pertaining to governance and TB and TB finance related issues were discussed in depth. Global Fund colleagues helpfully presented and provided the Global Fund perspective, and explained the new Global Fund funding model which is "concept note" rather than "round" based, promising more flexibility and simplicity throughout the entire process. Overall the interaction of all partners including WHO and GF was considered instrumental in cross-cuttingly addressing the complexities of strategic, technical assistance and financial planning for countries.
South East Asian Regional TBTEAM Meeting
Bangkok, Thailand, September 2013
WHO South East Asia Regional Office organized with partners a National TB Programme Managers (NTP) Meeting and TBTEAM meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-27 September 2013. The meeting had participants from National TB Programmes from 11 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, DPRK, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and Thailand). The NTP meeting reviewed progress in achieving universal access to high-quality care for all people with TB. The TBTEAM meeting focused on the Global Fund New Funding Model and implications for countries. It was also attended by Global Fund, PATH, FHI360, BRAC, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, CDC, Indian Medical Association, RIT/JATA, Indian National Institute of TB & Respiratory Diseases, and the National TB Reference Laboratory Nonthaburi, Thailand. The Chair of the SEAR TB Technical Working Group participated including a health activist and public health consultant community representative. This meeting resulted in identification of technical assistance needs and preparation of country specific plans in preparation for the Global Fund New Funding Model.
Global Fund NFM _ Key features and implementation
Myanmar experience with Global Fund NFM
Moving forward with TA for Global Fund NFM
TBTEAM in Sear (2013)
Use of website in 2012/13 priorities
Western Pacific Regional TBTEAM Meeting
Manila, Philippines, August 2013
The annual Regional TBTEAM meeting was held in Manila, Philippines in August 2013. It attracted over 70 participants including global and regional TB technical staff fromWHO, technical partners including CDC, UNION, KNCV, Heads of SRLs, KIT, GLobal Fund and NTP Managers from priority countries such as PNG, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Philippines and Laos. Objectives of the meetings were:
- To assist countries in moving to universal care for TB patients by a) preparing countries for opportunities under the Global Fund new funding model; b) Innovating engagement of countries in the TBTEAM;
- To inform and consult countries on new WHO guidelines and related operational steps and technical assistance needs;
- To evaluate the scale-up of new dignostic tools in general and the alignment of diagnostic and treatment capacity in particular; and
- To inform and consult countries regarding new initiatives and development regarding new TB drugs and MDR-TB regimes; the PPM-PMDT assessment tool; childhood TB; sub-national TB data-analysis; and the use of X-ray for diagnosis of TB.
Regional Workshop for TB Control Planning in the African Region
Nairobi, Kenya | 14 - 16 October 2013
WHO African Regional Office organized a meeting with 21* African National TB Programmes with the Global Fund, GDF and TBCARE colleagues in Nairobi, 14-16 October 2013. Participants reviewed and discussed progress in the Africa region to meet the global and regional TB care and control targets, the AFRO regional strategic plan, latest on the Global Fund New Funding Model, TB programme reviews, National Strategic Planning, engaging with communities and measuring their contribution to TB care, laboratory strengthening and new diagnostics, programmatic management of MDR-TB, experience from TB prevalence surveys, monitoring Global Fund TB grants and technical assistance (TA) planning with TBTEAM. Participants prepared draft TA plans per country for the period of November 2013 – December 2014 that will be revisited with country colleagues and WHO will review and discuss with countries and partners how to address the needs identified. *Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe