The Stop TB Partnership’s TB REACH has launched its Wave 7 round of funding to improve TB case finding and treatment outcomes with an emphasis on the empowerment of women and girls to lead key approaches in TB response.
About the Wave 7 Funding
A trailblazer in funding TB case-finding and treatment adherence efforts, TB REACH is taking on TB and gender inequalities as well as supporting the empowerment of women and girls in its Wave 7 call for proposals. The global response to TB has focused far too little on women. Although more men contract TB than women, women and girls are more likely to suffer from extreme poverty, be illiterate and malnourished, and have less access to health services, educational and economic opportunities. Moreover, women are the main caregivers to children and men who have TB. Women make up the majority of the paid and volunteer health workforce in almost all TB high-burden TB countries.
While other TB-sector donors focus efforts on advocating for gender-responsive TB programming, a focus on the empowerment of women and girls has never before been a priority area in TB. Through Wave 7, TB REACH aims to tackle serious gender challenges at the level of communities in order to meet the goal of ending TB.
“It is time we shift the discourse on gender and TB to focus on women’s empowerment and to recognize that without addressing root causes of poverty and the devastating impact of TB on families and communities, we will not be able to see the world without TB. As amazing, solution-driven caregivers and social leaders within families and communities, I believe in the power of women to drive the global response to End TB.” said Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership.
As in previous waves, TB REACH will seek innovative proposals that improve TB case finding and treatment outcomes. In addition, Wave 7 applicants will be required to detail interventions that adhere to strategies that promote the empowerment of women and girls. These approaches may include engaging women in the proactive mobilization of their communities against TB, promoting economic and career development, partnering with organizations already focused on women’s empowerment, and maximizing entry points to TB care for women.
Where to get more information:
We have created a Wave 7 Concept Note, and the Framework for Empowerment of Women and Girls in TB REACH grants to support applicants in developing their proposals. Please refer to these materials and the Application Resource page. We have also documented some stories from the field (find here a link to the work done in India) to highlight how TB programs can contribute to women’s empowerment.
Who can apply?
We welcome proposals from all eligible organizations and partners, but particularly want to encourage domestic organizations and women’s organizations that are working in communities on broader gender issues to apply.
For full details about TBREACH Wave 7, including eligible countries and the application process CLICK HERE.