Progress in involving civil society to address the heavy burden of multi-drug resistant TB, across the European region, has not met targets according to a new report: Falling Short: A Civil Society Perspective of the Response to Multi and Extensively-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) in the European Region.
The report, from The TB Europe Coalition and partners, has found that only one of eight community involvement indicators, in the Consolidated Action Plan to Prevent and Combat M/XDR-TB 2011-15 (MAP), has been met.
“Civil society can play a transformative role in TB care and should be recognised as significant players in the TB response in the European region. Often, civil society is embedded within communities and well placed to take on operational roles relating to detection and patient support.”
Safar Naimov, former MDR-patient from Tajikistan