The WHO estimates that currently more than 4 million TB patients are not reached by conventional programs and interventions.
TB affects dominantly the poor and disenfranchised. Over 95% of cases and deaths are in the developing world. The link between poverty and TB is well established; and as TB is predominantly affecting young adults, in their most productive years, it often leads to an economic downward spiral.
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is very committed to community engagement, building partnerships, and patient centered approaches. KNCV’s focus and emphasis has always been on local capacity building, community and patient empowerment, decentralization, innovative patient centered approaches to minimize access barriers to quality services, etc. The aim of almost all KNCV initiatives over the last 10 years has been to link new technologies to patient centered approaches, provide and share knowledge and data to facilitate evidence based decision making and programming and empower all stakeholders to enter into an equal partnership in the fight against TB.
We are commited to enhance the inclusion of community engagement, partnerships, and patient centered approaches on the international TB agenda, and stimulate and facilitate the take-up by country partners and public health authorities in a hands-on manner. KNCV’s initiatives and activities include:
- policy development and best practices
- planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
- knowledge management (surveillance and operational research)
- community engagement, initiatives and patient centered approaches