Countries, partners and civil society pledge to scale up engagement of private and unlinked public health providers to close gaps in access to quality TB care at 14th PPM Working Group Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia
25 July 2019 | Jakarta - Over 150 representatives from national TB programmes, partners and civil society from across 20 countries came together at the 14thGlobal Meeting of the Public-Private Mix (PPM) Working Group in Jakarta, Indonesia on 16-18 July. The Meeting was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Stop TB Partnership with support from USAID and the Global Fund. The Meeting was opened by the Health Minister of Indonesia Hon. Prof. Dr. Nila Moeloek and focused on country progress towards adoption and roll out of the PPM Roadmap (launched in 2018) to close gaps in care and reach all the missing people with TB. This is the first Working Group Meeting where there was strong representation from civil society and youth advocates to enable greater engagement of affected communities in efforts to scale up PPM.
“Countries are making progress in adapting the PPM roadmap and scaling up the engagement of private and unlinked public health care providers to ensure access to quality TB care for all people with TB. However much more remains to be done to reach the 2022 targets of the Political Declaration of the UN High Level Meeting on TB,” said Dr Tereza Kasaeva, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme. “WHO is committed to supporting countries, especially in ensuring stronger monitoring for accountability, and in ensuring PPM approaches also cover TB prevention as well as efforts to tackle drug resistant TB and childhood TB.”
Participants at the meeting reviewed challenges and opportunities to expanding PPM in light of high-level commitments to end TB and linked developments towards Universal Health Coverage and health financing. Strategies to harness digital technologies and to strengthen the engagement of civil society for better governance and accountability were also extensively discussed.
“There is growing awareness that without engaging the private health sector, ending TB is not a realistic goal. PPM today is no longer a niche within the TB field. Thanks to the recent focus on finding the "missing people with TB" and the need to achieve the goals of the End TB Strategy, UNHLM targets, UHC and SDG goals, PPM is getting more attention,” said Dr Madhukar Pai, Chair of the PPM Working Group. “While a roadmap for PPM exists with clear strategies and targets, there is insufficient guidance on how to implement the roadmap in high-burden countries. So, to continue the momentum of the Jakarta meeting, the PPM Working Group will build an active, vibrant learning network (a community of practice) around TB PPM that can help address the know-do gap in PPM and build global capacity on private provider engagement.”
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 accelerating PPM efforts. The next Global Meeting of the PPM Working Group in 2020 is expected to focus on progress, action and accountability in the implementation of the PPM Roadmap