Publicação: 21 de novembro de 2022
9 November 2022, Geneva |
Over 120 participants from countries, partners and civil society came together for the first time in-person since the pandemic, at the Global Meeting of the Working Group on Public-Private Mix (PPM) for TB prevention and care.
The meeting, held on 2-4 November in Nairobi, Kenya was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund. The meeting was opened by Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme and Dr Madhukar Pai, Chair of the Stop TB PPM Working Group and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre. TB survivor and advocate – Caroline Mburu – shared her personal journey combating TB, and called for the engagement of all care providers to ensure access to quality care wherever a person chooses to access it, in the public or private sector.
“The Global PPM Working Group Meeting is an important platform to share experiences and innovations, especially now as we are working hard to build back stronger after the pandemic,” said Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme. “The Global PPM Working Group Meeting, put the spotlight on the core issues around strengthening PPM monitoring to enhance accountability, integrating PPM into the broader universal health coverage agenda, enabling meaningful engagement of civil society in PPM efforts, and increasing advocacy for PPM prioritization in the lead up to the 2023 UN High Level Meeting on TB.”
Dr Madhukar Pai, Chair of the Stop TB PPM Working Group added, “Because TB incidence and mortality has increased during the pandemic, we need to work much harder to get back on track. Private provider engagement is a smart and cost-effective strategy for finding the people who have been missed, and ensuring they get quality TB services, wherever they seek care. The private sector in many countries has shown resiliency during the pandemic, and has the capacity to contribute a lot, if engaged at scale. The PPM Working Group Meeting in Nairobi revealed a plethora of PPM models that are being tried out, and it was wonderful to see the innovative approaches being used in high burden countries.”
Key speakers and participants at the meeting:
The first day featured interventions from a TB survivor, WHO and key partners including USAID, The Global Fund and the Stop TB Partnership in the opening session. Progress in advancing public-private sector engagement and accountability in the lead up to the 2023 UN High Level Meeting on TB was presented. This was followed by a country roundtable focused on TB PPM data dashboards. A spotlight was placed on mobilizing the private sector response to end TB on the road to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). At the close of day, a special civil society session, with a TB survivor and advocate roundtable, resulting in the drafting of a Call to Action to strengthen civil society engagement in PPM efforts.
The second day began with field visits to PPM sites in Nairobi, to learn from realities on the ground. This was followed by an in-depth panel on PPM strategy and implementation in Kenya, the host country of the meeting. A key session on harnessing innovations and new tools to get back on track for PPM implementation after the pandemic was held, where innovative approaches and diagnostics to engage and strengthen private sector were discussed. The day closed with a special session on the TB PPM learning Network.
The third day was dedicated to preparations for the 2023 UN High Level Meeting on TB and key opportunities for PPM. An interactive marketplace showcasing national PPM Roadmap progress from over 12 countries was held in an innovative format.
At the close of the meeting, representatives from national TB programmes, partners and civil society commended the work of the PPM Working Group and WHO, and pledged to work with WHO and partners in ramping up PPM efforts in countries.