Innovative TB Community Service Delivery during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and Kenya Report was launched today at the Community Systems and Responses for the Fight Against Tuberculosis in West and Central Africa Workshop.
This report is the result of the documentation done in collaboration with partners in these 4 countries by the Global Coalition of TB Advocates (GCTA) and supported by The Global Fund TB Strategic Initiative ‘Innovative Approaches to Finding Missing People with TB’ 2021-2023.
The emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 overwhelmed health systems and resulted in an unprecedented shift of public health resources away from tackling other disease areas to COVID-19 response. Despite the monumental impact of the work of CHWs and the crucial role they play in detecting missing people with TB (PwT), supporting medication adherence, and providing psychosocial support to improve TB outcomes, at the inception of this project, there was no illustrative overview of how innovative community service delivery models sustained TB responses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through peer-to-peer dialogue; in-depth interviews with CHWs working on TB (including TB champions), 5 National TB Program Coordinators, and technical partners; and focus group discussions in four countries community service delivery mechanisms implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic were documented, along with human rights, gender-related, and other barriers. Key insights and recommendations for reversing COVID-19 related effects on TB mortality, morbidity, and on the livelihoods of TB communities were then compiled for this report.
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