Amsterdam : The training module Transforming the TB Response – Capacity Building of Communities to be Change Agents was pre-launched at the GCTA board meeting taking place in Amsterdam. The module was developed by GCTA in extensive consultation with partners globally, including partners from regional coalitions, drug user forums, trans gender groups, sex worker networks, regional TB survivor coalitions and other stakeholders. Hence, the tool truly stands as a tool by the communities, for the communities.
Ending TB is only possible by meaningfully engaging with and empowering affected communities to demand the services needed. Hence, GCTA developed training modules for capacity building of affected communities to be “Change Agents” who can further assist the National TB Programs at country level for finding the missing people affected by TB and ensuring timely diagnosis, treatment and care for all those in need. The modules encompass sections on TB Basics, Advocacy and Communication.
In his opening address at the pre-launch, the chair of the GCTA board, Raoul Fransen said, “The missing piece in the TB response is the involvement of the affected communities. I am extremely proud that we are launching a series of tools to contribute to enhanced capacities and vital engagement of affected communities”.
GCTA CEO, Blessina Kumar said, “We keep hearing about the importance of meaningful community engagement and empowering communities. But till date we have no tools to do that and with the launch of the GCTA Transforming the TB Response – Capacity Building of Communities to be Change Agents training manual we believe this gap will be bridged”.
We were really glad that Uliane Apolinaire, from Global Fund was able to join us for the day. She congratulated GCTA on this achievement and appreciated the hard work that went into making this Training Manual a reality.