The Stop TB Partnership's Challenge Facility for Civil Society

The Stop TB Partnership today launched the call for the seventh round of the Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS). The CFCS provides grants to technically sound and innovative interventions to support the engagement of communities in national tuberculosis (TB) responses.
 
Community responses are vital components of an efficient and effective TB response[i]. Starting with Round 7, the CFCS, in countries supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, will invest significantly in community responses that are integrated and are part of a comprehensive response to TB. The Global Fund invests in community systems strengthening to build the capacity of community groups who can engage in the TB response at community and national levels. The CFCS compliments these investments.

To reach its goal of strengthening community responses that are integrated and part of a comprehensive response to TB the three primary objectives of Round 7 funding are to:
  1. Strengthen existing or new national level TB constituencies that engage, represent and are accountable to communities.
  2. Reinforce the capacities & responses of local communities who are part of the TB response.
  3. Tighten linkages, collaboration and coordination between local communities and government.
Grants of up to US$60,000 will be awarded for a 12 -15 month period and grant implementation will be in two phases.

- In Phase I (3-5 months) grantees will conduct assessments at country level to strengthen or build a national TB constituency that engages, represents and is accountable to communities.

- In Phase II (9-12 months), following on from Phase I, the national TB constituency, under the mentorship of the grantee will work to strengthen community responses, especially the linkages, collaboration and coordination between community groups, public agencies, the Global Fund Country Coordination Mechanism and other actors.

Expected Results
Local level: A strengthened, integrated and comprehensive TB response that explicitly responds to community needs.

National level: Effective community engagement, strengthened representation and subsequent accountability to communities in the national TB response, as well as strengthened linkages and partnerships between community groups, public agencies, the Global Fund Country Coordination Mechanism and other actors.

Global level: Documented best practices and evidence based recommendations to enhance community responses that are integrated and part of a comprehensive response to TB, which can be adapted and replicated in other countries.



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