Stop Partnership Ghana has signed the contract agreement for the Challenge Facility for Civil Society round 11 for affected community-led actions, advocacy, and accountability in TB. Stop TB Partnership Ghana is among 100 organizations in 29 countries to receive round 11 of this grand.
Per the provisions of the Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS), 100 TB-affected communities and civil society organizations are to champion ambitious and strong national TB responses, advocacy and accountability efforts to End TB.
According to the Stop TB Partnership headquartered in Geneva Switzerland, the original call for proposals, announced the availability of US$ 9 million for CFCS Round 11 but today, thanks to an additional commitment from the Global Fund, US$10.5 million is now committed to support 100 community and civil society organizations. Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership, Dr. Lucica Ditiu, said that “This is a crucial moment for the Challenge Facility for Civil Society.
Dr. Lucica Ditiu also revealed that “We had an incredible demand for Round 11 and we could fund less than 50% of it and I think we all see how important CFCS is for affected TB communities and civil society”.
“We all see now that affected communities and civil society are ready to engage more than ever before. We have the expectations that these 29 countries will be examples of engagement with governments and communities, strong and ambitious TB responses and strong demand for access to new tools and new guidelines for everyone affected by TB. Let’s continue to focus on the essentials – the central piece of TB response represented by people affected by TB and civil society. ,” Dr. Ditiu urged civil society organizations and countries.
The Challenge Facility for Civil Society (CFCS), conceptualized and coordinated by Stop TB Partnership, is the leading grant mechanism for Community, Rights and Gender in TB for grassroots and affected TB community organizations. It also supports affected TB communities and civil society working at national, regional, and global levels to transform and focus the TB response on community-led engagement, human rights, and gender equality to end TB. This mechanism fosters TB community-led advocacy and partnerships for promoting ambitious planning and resourcing of country TB responses, accountability, demand generation for equitable access to comprehensive TB services, strengthening of TB community systems and creating enabling environments that promote human rights and gender equality in TB.