Regional Actors Addressing Tuberculosis in Africa: Comparative Advantages, Challenges, and Opportunities


The African continent has seen pronounced movement toward regionalism in recent years. Regional bodies are actively contributing to the development of many sectors, including health. In a region with over a quarter of the world's tuberculosis (TB) cases and the highest prevalence of cases relative to population, they have a particularly important role to play in supporting global TB initiatives. 

Due to its more recent resurgence and new status as the leading infectious killer in the world, combined with the fact that the African region bears the highest TB and TB/HIV co-infection rates in the world and continues to struggle with multi-drug resistant TB, a large number of African regional actors have scaled up their efforts to combat the disease.Understanding how these actors operate, as well as their comparative advantages and challenges, will ensure that governments, policymakers, donors, and implementers partner with them effectively to prevent new TB infections and end preventable deaths. This brief is part of the ASH project Regional Health Sector Actor Landscape Series.