Entebbe, (Uganda): IGAD through the joint partnership with KNCV were implementing a challenge TB (CTB) project, funded by USAID which focuses on improving the health of cross border/mobile population (CBMP) and strengthening inter country collaboration and referral systems for Tuberculosis among IGAD member states for the last 2 years. In past 2 years, IGAD with the technical support of KNCV have conducted number activities addressing cross border TB concerns including review of the country guidelines for Tuberculosis management and assessment collected data from 25 border areas prioritized by IGAD across the region.
Following that, IGAD has organised high technical level meeting participated by the National TB program managers, M&E/information system TB experts, district TB Focal persons and health care providers working in the cross border health facilities in all IGAD member states during 11th to 14th June 2019 held in Entebbe, Uganda. The meeting applied participatory approach where IGAD Health team and KNCV technical experts were facilitated through extensive interaction discussions and exchanging experience among experts from member states.
This 4 days meeting aims in updating member states changes made in relation to the TB management guidelines, discussing the roadmap for inter country referral system and sharing information and experience on cross-border TB was officially opened by Dr. Fatuma I. Adan, senior regional program coordinator of IGAD social development division on behalf of Madam Fathia A. Alwan, Director of Health and social development division. By the end of the meeting, experts from member states were endorsed a meeting resolution as outlined below
We, government officials from MOH TB departments of the IGAD member states, convening in Entebbe, on 11th - 14th June, 2019 on Inter-country TB Services for the CBMP.
Member states strengthen the implementation of cross border TB services for the cross border mobile population and refugee camps/settlement;
Member states strengthen the implementation of cross border TB services for the cross border mobile population including refugees;
Member states adopt, adapt and implement all the current WHO guidelines and recommendations on TB;
Member states share practical updates on their country TB guidelines regularly;
The IGAD secretariat to operationalize the paper based Referral system and strengthen referral across the IGAD member states;
Member states with the support from IGAD to work towards an interoperable digital referral system in the long term;
IGAD and member states to advocate for additional internal resources for TB services;
Strengthen collaboration, coordination and monitoring mechanisms at the cross border health facilities between countries;
Member states increase the capacity of health workers on TB at the borders areas.
Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development