Challenge TB is the primary mechanism for implementing USAID's vision of a world free of TB and its global End TB Strategy. This includes a decline in TB mortality by 35 percent and a 20 percent reduction in incidence compared to 2015 levels, and no more affected families facing catastrophic costs due to TB by 2019. To achieve this vision, the project complements existing and planned efforts to provide global technical leadership and support to national tuberculosis programs and other in-country partners. Challenge TB also contributes to TB and HIV activities under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
MSH is the lead implementing partner of Challenge TB in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and South Sudan, and the sub in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.
In each country, MSH is committed to:
- Engaging all stakeholders through a comprehensive, multi-sectoral approach, and integrating TB services with other services where TB patients are found.
- Empowering stakeholders including youth, women, and communities by building their leadership, management, and technical capacity.
- Evaluating interventions and innovative approaches and measuring results at all levels.
- Expanding access to the full range of providers and removing barriers to services.
MSH also embraces the four principles to which Challenge TB partners are committed: to have a patient-centered focus, to support locally owned and generated ideas, to be innovation driven, and to deliver quality-focused technical assistance.
Challenge TB is funded by USAID through a cooperative agreement with KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation as the prime partner.