The Stop TB Partnership’s Executive Committee approved 13 new Wave 8 projects to engage private providers in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) for a total of US$ 5.7 million (July 2020)
The private sector plays an essential role in how healthcare is delivered in many TB high-burden countries. Yet the engagement of private providers in the fight against TB has remained a challenge.
The Wave 8, with funding support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and additional contributions from Global Affairs Canada, marks the first-ever call for proposals exclusively focused on private provider engagement, with only local organizations as lead implementers.
The 13 new projects in 11 different countries feature innovative and sustainable solutions for engaging private providers in TB response, including the implementation of a new bold business model combining social health insurance for TB and aggregating reimbursements in the Philippines; the engagement of hundreds of drug vendors in Tanzania; and the use of artificial intelligence to read chest x-rays to aid private hospitals in Afghanistan to diagnose TB.
CONGRATULATIONS to the winning proposals!