The GCTA was the first to highlight the issue of stigma and how it impacts people affected by TB in 2015. We began by publishing stories of the TB community in three path breaking books: "Women and TB Stigma," "Men and TB Stigma," & "Childhood TB and Stigma". The GCTA’s strong global advocacy to hold donors, policy makers and implementors accountable translated into “Promote human rights and combat stigma and discrimination” making the top 10 recommendations of the UNSG Report 2019.
The GCTA brought the global attention to the national level to combat this grim reality by working with partners to develop a national Strategy to End Stigma and Discrimination Associated with TB for the Ministry of Health, Government of India, making India the first country to adopt a strategy to end stigma and discrimination associated with TB. To operationalize the resources, the GCTA further developed a community friendly brochure "Tuberculosis & Stigma."
Now, GCTA is proud to have unpackaged the Strategy to End Stigma and Discrimination Associated with TB to make it implementable at the ground level by developing a training manual for district and state level officials, health workers, community workers, NGOs, and people actively involved with combating stigma and discrimination associated with TB to ensure an effective implementation of the strategy document. Created in collaboration with partners and endorsed by the National TB Elimination Program, Ministry of Health, Government of India, this training manual has been field tested and received excellent results.