Welcome to the Africa Coalition on Tuberculosis! Welcome to the Africa Coalition on Tuberculosis!

What is ACT!?

Leading TB advocates from five African countries came together to launch the Africa Coalition on Tuberculosis (ACT!) on World TB Day 2012 where they developed and presented Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership, with the Civil Society Declaration on Tuberculosis in Africa. Through their ongoing work to identify people with TB symptoms, support those on treatment for TB, and ensure that people living with HIV get the preventive treatment they need, CSOs contribute substantially to TB efforts. They have a wealth of knowledge about what works and what does not. Most of them are already attached to government health centers, working as TB treatment supporters and in other roles. These groups are quick to identify bottlenecks and areas of weakness, but their voices often go unheard. Experienced activists have recognized the need to band together as one voice to be able to influence decision-makers at local, national, and regional levels, and have chosen to use ACT! as their platform for doing so.

 

Vision:

A TB-free Africa through community action.

 

Mission:

To value and consolidate the power within communities throughout Africa to end the injustice of TB, a curable disease from which millions of our people suffer and die each year. We enable infected and affected communities to advocate for universal access to TB services by enhancing advocacy skills, knowledge tools and opportunities to contribute to and hold all stakeholders accountable for achieving a TB-free Africa.

 

 

What we're working on What we're working on

Priorities

In addition to establishing regional and country structures, ACT! will focus its first-year efforts on advocating for TB resources for communities from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria; asking governments and donors to focus on solutions to TB in children; improving multidrug-resistant TB diagnosis and treatment; and calling attention to ongoing drug stock outs in many countries that leave people with TB waiting for treatment.

Updates

  • ACT! Task Force and elected a Steering Committee appointed to guide start-up activities and sponsor joint ACSM trainings with the NTP and CSOs in Zambia, Nigeria and Uganda; and joint advocacy planning workshop with PATH and the Stop TB Partnership in Kenya in December 2012.
  • Dr. O. Muyabala Munachitombwe-Muna, ACT! founding member and current member of the Advisory Board, was elected President of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) Africa Region. 
  • ACT!'s member Thkozile Nkhoma of Malawi was appointed Community Representative on the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board.
  • With funding from the Stop TB Partnership, ACT! conducted a mapping of CSOs working on TB in the Africa region. At this time, they are working with the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat to plan and host the larger regional meeting of TB activists.

Events

  • Civil Society Mapping Meeting 2013: ACT! participated in regional mapping of CSOs working on TB/HIV in Africa.
  • International Union Against TB and Lung Disease Africa Region Conference 2013: ACT! conducted a plenary presentation and community procession to raise awareness of the gaps in civil society participation at the conference - "Nothing for Us Without Us".
  • International Union Against TB and Lung Disease World Conference 2012: ACT! chaired panel discussions to advocate for civil society efforts to fight TB in Africa and participated in the conference’s first civil society march.
  • Civil Society Declaration on TB in Africa: ACT! members presented Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership with the Civil Society Declaration on Tuberculosis in Africa on World TB Day 2012, facilitated advocacy workshops and spoke with US officials to raise support for TB efforts globally.

Trainings

 

Joint Planning in ACSM: Civil Society and the National TB Control Program Training

Abuja, Nigeria, July 2013

Kampala, Uganda, March 2014

Civil society, National TB Program and other partners work to integrate civil society activities with National TB Program plans and strategies to promote a collaborative response to TB.  National ACT! chapters launched in Nigeria and Uganda.

 

Global Health Advocacy Training

Nairobi, Kenya

December 2012

Conducting national, regional and global level advocacy for TB programs and interventions.

 

Joint Planning in ACSM: Kenyan Civil Society and the National TB Control Program

Nairobi, Kenya

November 2012

Civil society and Kenya’s National TB Program work to integrate civil society activities with National TB Program plans and strategies to promote a collaborative response to TB in Kenya. 

 

Joint Planning in ACSM: Zambian Civil Society and the National TB and Leprosy Program

Lusaka, Zambia

September 2012

Civil society, Zambia’s National TB Program and other partners work to integrate civil society activities with National TB Program plans and strategies to promote a collaborative response to TB in Zambia.

 

Regional Training on Monitoring and Evaluation of ACSM to Support TB Control

Sondalo, Italy

June 2012

Training on monitoring and evaluation of ACSM activities.

 

ACSM Skills Building

Washington, DC, USA

March 2012

Intensive training on ACSM and apply training during advocacy events for World TB Day.

 

Learn more
For more information, please email us at: 
africotb@gmail.com

Membership Membership

ACT! is not currently accepting new members as we are currently focusing on internal policies and procedures.

Please email us with your name, organization, country, and areas of interest. You may not receive an immediate response; however, we have received your message.  We will contact you as soon as all systems are in place.

Thank you for your interest!

Yours in solidarity,

ACT!