Tuberculosis (TB)

Technical support coordination FAQs

Frequently asked questions

1. How to support capacity building?

a. By providing direct technical support in implementing TB programmes, specifically under the Global Fund, and related, grants and ensure release of future funding for that country.

b. Indirect support through organizing Joint Monitoring missions in line, and with the involvement of the Global Fund as well as assisting countries develop strong National TB Strategic Plans.

2. How to facilitate better access to high quality technical assistance?

a. By providing training to select consultants in order to provide the best quality technical support especially in terms of changes in international policies, including Global Fund processes and further development and support in National TB Strategic plans at country level.

b. Supports country and regional colleagues in filling requests by coordinating technical partners (in order to fill gaps in financial and human resources) as well as providing input into mission preparations (reports, summaries, terms of references).

3. Why interact with the Global Fund?

The Global Fund provides close to 90% of international funding to TB programmes globally. It is essential that all funding available to countries is released and WHO monitors and coordinates with all partners to support access and implementation of TB programmes under the Global Fund grants. In terms of the funding proposals (Concept note development) WHO, with its partners, facilitates, coordinates and convenes partners in providing technical support to countries in the lead up to submitting Global Fund concept notes. This includes coordinating with a relevant country and regional office the organization of :

  • NSP development
  • Epidemiological assessments
  • Financial gap analysis
  • Strategic gap analysis and prioritization
  • Development of Concept Notes

In terms of monitoring the implementation of grants at country level, WHO also provides support to grant negotiation and making ensuring funding is released and implemented with limited bottlenecks. Following up with countries and working with partners (technical and financial) at all levels to address TA requests ensuring that Global Fund grants are well prepared and implemented, safeguarding against any glitches that may arise, and the release of any available future funding.

4. How to interact with the Global Fund?

WHO meets with the Global Fund secretariat in various platforms (such as the high level TB Situation Room) weekly to ensure coordination between the Global Fund with the NTP, and other stakeholders. WHO also interacts with the Global Fund Secretariat (Fund Portfolio Managers and TB Advisers) in regular communications and supports as necessary in their country visits - ensuring that TB is high on the country agenda.

5. Why is a national TB strategic plan (NSP) essential for TB control?

  • To reach goals and operational objectives for the NTP
  • To set strategic interventions
  • To specify activities to be implemented
    • Which activities?
    • What are the targets of these activities?
    • Where to implement these activities?
    • When to implement these activities?
    • Who will implement these activities?
  • To set a budget and identify funding availability
  • To operationalize the activities' implementation
  • To monitor and evaluate the strategic interventions
  • To identify and plan the TA needs

6. How can a NSP be used for mobilizing resources at national and international levels, through bilateral and multilateral mechanisms (e.g.: Global Fund)?

The NSP is an instrument for TB control management that can guide the mapping of available partners and resources and help identifying gaps and priorities. It can also be used as a basis for identification and inclusion of new partners in both advocacy and implementation activities.