KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is the lead partner in the USAID project Challenge TB, the largest TB control project in the world. KNCV has led previous USAID TB control projects TB CARE I (2010-2015), TB CAP (2005-2010) and TBCTA (2000-2005). Challenge TB currently works in 22 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, East Asia and Africa.
Challenge TB Strategies and principles
The Challenge TB partners operate using a framework which has four strategies: > Engage stakeholders, including national TB programs, new partners and individuals, and especially youth. > Empower key decision-makers, people affected by TB, and marginalized and vulnerable populations. > Evaluate interventions, measure quality, develop evidence, and implement best practices. > Expand on the provider and service range, and remove barriers to access. In addition, there are four principles to which Challenge TB partners are committed: quality-focused deliverables and technical assistance; locally owned and generated innovations, research and solutions; innovative approaches, technologies, tools and thinkers; and a patient-centered focus throughout our work.
Objectives and intervention areas
Challenge TB has three objectives, each with several focus areas for interventions:
Objective 1: Improved access to high-quality patient-centered TB, DR-TB & TB/HIV services
- By improving the enabling environment
- By ensuring a comprehensive, high quality diagnostic network
- By strengthening patient-centered care and treatment.
Objective 2: Prevent transmission and disease progression
- By targeted screening for active TB
- By implementing infection control measures
- By managing latent TB infection.
Objective 3: Strengthen TB service delivery platforms
- By enhancing political commitment & leadership
- By strengthening drug & commodity management systems
- By ensuring quality data, surveillance and monitoring & evaluation
- By supporting human resource development
- By building comprehensive partnerships & informed community engagement.
Challenge TB is implemented by a unique coalition of nine international TB control organizations.
Led and managed by:
- KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
- American Thoracic Society (ATS)
- FHI 360
- Interactive Research & Development (IRD)
- International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
- Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA)
- Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
Read more about the project on the special Challenge TB website.