If Indonesia can give the right example to eliminate TB, so can the world

Indonesia receives grants to expand healthcare programs against HIV, TB and malaria over the next two years.

During a meeting entitled “Acceleration towards Indonesia Free of TB: Multisectoral Contribution” in December 2017, Indonesian district mayors along with their Minister of Health and Minister of Home Affairs signaled their commitment to accelerate tuberculosis (TB) efforts. The meeting was Indonesia’s response to the WHO Global Ministerial Conference in Moscow, and served to align and direct local and regional governments towards sustainably-funded TB control efforts.

First fruits

This same plan is now bearing fruit. The Global Fund and health partners in Indonesia received six new grants, totaling more than US$264 million, which will take aim at expanding healthcare programs against HIV, TB and malaria over the next two years.

The grants will play an important role towards Indonesia achieving their ambitious targets of detecting and treating an additional 1.8 million TB cases, as well as improving treatment success rates of more than 90% for TB cases and 65% – 75% for drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) cases. If Indonesia can achieve this goals they seem to be well on their way to eliminate TB by 2030.

Partnership is key

Indonesia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Nila Moeloek, stressed the importance of partners and working together for greater impact: “HIV, TB and malaria are not only health issues, they are also development issues involving cross-sectoral ministries, institutions and communities. We will continue to work together to ensure that the resources mobilized through this grant are used accountably and effectively.”

Our Support

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation through Challenge TB, has contributed to the entire process. We provided technical assistance for the strategic technical directions of this grant, in addition to contracting and supporting the national TB program (NTP) and the writing team.

This grant represents a great opportunity, as one the most important global TB grants. We fully expect that with the support of this grant and in collaboration with the appropriate partners, the government of Indonesia will move forward and implement their ambitious National Strategic TB plan.

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