TB-REP technical consultation: Supporting the implementation of people-centred model of care for TB patients in 11 countries of eastern Europe and central Asia

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 30 June–1 July 2017

The Tuberculosis Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project (TB-REP) is a multi-partner project that aims to decrease the burden of tuberculosis (TB) and halt the spread of drug resistance in 11 countries with high incidence of TB in eastern Europe and central Asia (EECA). TB-REP focuses on increasing political commitment and translating evidence into implementation of patient-centred models of TB care, adapted to the country context.

This consultation is designed to offer participants guidance on the people-centred model of TB care in EECA, and to support them in drafting a tailored roadmap to initiate and/or pursue the reform of the overall model of TB care, and implement people-centred models in their countries.

A “blueprint” on the people-centred model of care for EECA countries will be launched at the meeting. It includes policy options for an effective and efficient TB service delivery system, such as shifting towards an outpatient model of care with sustainable financing and well-aligned payment mechanisms, to achieve better health outcomes in TB prevention and care. The blueprint was developed as part of TB-REP by the Centre for Health Policies and Studies (PAS Centre, Moldova), in partnership with the European Respiratory Society, the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, under the technical leadership of WHO/Europe, and with contributions from the Stop TB Partnership, the TB Europe Coalition, and from civil society organizations that are national partners under TB-REP.

The consultation is organized by the PAS Centre in partnership with WHO/Europe, and kindly hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova. It follows up on the “Intercountry high-level meeting on health systems strengthening for enhanced tuberculosis prevention and care: Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project” held in April 2016.