Global plan to end tuberculosis: paradigm shift (2016-2020)

Ambitious action plan, offering world community fighting TB a program of drastic measures and significant changes. 

This guidance contains important and confirmed data, which you can refer to in your activities and tries to answer the question why TB currently became the main cause of death from contagious diseases and why 1.5 million people keep dying from TB year by year.

Global Fund determines eight fundamental changes, which should be implemented in terms of paradigm shift strategy, necessary to end TB:

  1. Change of mindset 
  2. Adherence to human rights and gender approach in fight against TB 
  3. Modified and more inclusive guidance
  4. Approach targeted to community and patients 
  5. Innovative programs which have everything necessary to end TB 
  6. Integrated health systems, relevant to the given aim 
  7. New innovative and effective approach to funding of medical care for people affected by TB 
  8. Investments in social economic activities 

The guidance consists of 7 parts:

  1. Paradigm shift in fight against TB: general description of paradigm shift, what it is about and what it changes in approaches to fight
  2. Forecasting results and differentiated approach: description of assumed achievements as a result of paradigm shift
  3. Cover of key affected groups of population regarding TB
  4. Main interactive parties: civil society, communities and public sector: description of types, characteristics and advantages of partnership
  5. General access to medical services and social economic events on fight against TB: complex access to problem, cover of all life spheres
  6. New means: progress and changes in means of fight against TB
  7. Needs in resources: description of funding sources for Global plan, gaps and needs

The guidance is complemented with terms glossary, simple and clear schemes, road maps and statistics data, and good examples from different countries and organizations of the world, including TBEC.

Chapter on partnership is of particular interest, it tells about importance of community and civil society involvement into measures of fight against tuberculosis. You can find key points of this chapter below.

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To identify and treat all people affected with TB and achievements of control indexes of Strategy on tuberculosis elimination, countries should back out of passive programs from the past, acting on the princile “from top to bottom”. Fundamentally new approach is needed – approcah which involves into work civil society, civil organizations and private sectoras partners on all levels of planning and implementing measures on fight against TB.

Civil society and organizations of local communities should have a key part in planning and provision of medical assistance to people affected by TB by increase of awareness, active idenitfying of illness cases, improvement of access to medical assistance, stimulating continuing of treatment, provision of psycho-social support and lowering of stigma, conducting monitoring of program and cooperation of community involvement into scientific research and develoment.

You can see and download full version of the guidance here.