The significant role of TB community networks in advocating for TB prevention in Cambodia

Under the UNITAID-funded IMPAACT4TB project, and with support from Treatment Action Group, KHANA and the Cambodia Anti-Tuberculosis Association (CATA) have been jointly implementing a project to strengthen the critical roles of community and civil society organization (CSO) partners in implementing TB preventive treatment.

KHANA and CATA have built the capacity of civil society organizations and community members to participate in all aspects of TB Preventive Therapy (TPT), including monitoring and supervision. The two organizations have focused on building knowledge of the 3HP and 1HP regimen amongst PLHIV and those affected by TB, as well as for children under 5 years old. By training a core group, these support group members have been able to cascade the TB prevention/TPT awareness-raising among their respective community members such as people living with HIV and TB contact persons. In addition, advocacy on short-course TPT has increased within various TB related platforms at the national and sub-national levels.

 

This TPT advocacy project supports KHANA’s mission to promote the meaningful engagement of people affected by TB and people who have directly experienced TB at the community, sub-national and national levels. Furthermore, the organization has strengthened the capacity of these individuals and institutions of affected communities to be leaders of the community-led response through initiating advocacy efforts. This has also strengthened the role of community and CSO leadership and participation in TB screening, prevention, treatment, and care services.

KHANA has also worked to generate increased attention to TB prevention/TPT at the programming level, particularly under the Global Fund’s COVD-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM) grant. KHANA supported the community and CSOs country dialogues and team meetings to ensure that CSO and community recommendations include the expansion of TPT through community-led monitoring (CLM) in the final version of the C19RM country proposal. This resulted in the meaningful engagement of civil society and communities in the development of C19RM funding requests and sufficient focus on rights-based, community-led actions, and gender-responsive in TB programming.