Tuberculosis Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project (TB-REP) 2.0
TB-REP 2.0 builds on the work started through TB-REP to consolidate past achievements and address new and remaining challenges, ensuring continuity.
The same 11 countries in eastern Europe and central Asia that participated in TB-REP also participate in TB-REP 2.0: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. These countries are among the high-priority countries for tuberculosis (TB) in the WHO European Region and have a total population of more than 140 million.
Aims and activities: emphasis on drug-resistant TB (DR-TB)
TB-REP 2.0 focuses on improving TB and DR-TB prevention and quality of care by fostering timely TB case detection and improved treatment outcomes, with special emphasis on patients with DR-TB. The project seeks to achieve these goals through a more sustained involvement of communities and civil society and an integrated people-centred TB care delivery system that is able to address the needs of key and vulnerable populations.
TB-REP 2.0 acts to improve the continuum of TB care: from improving early detection and finding people with TB who are missed by national programmes, reducing treatment delays, to ensuring universal access to rapid tests for DR-TB and treatment regimens, and providing intensive patient support and follow-up to increase treatment success.
The project concentrates on “softer” elements that are least likely to be supported by other regional or national projects, but can increase overall impact by sustaining an enabling environment. This approach was selected upon specific requests from participating countries.
TB-REP 2.0, also a multipartner project, covers the period 2019–2022. Partners include the Center for Health Policies and Studies, Republic of Moldova (principal recipient); WHO/Europe (co-leader); and 2 civil society organizations: the TB Europe Coalition (TBEC) (and their TB People network) and the Global TB Caucus (GTBC). The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria provides financial support.