In September 2017, the TB CARE II project held The Best Practices in DR-TB Community Care: Development of National Community-Based DR-TB Care Plans workshop in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop presented best practices in DR-TB community care and support to aid the development of national roll-out plans for the scale-up of community-based DR-TB care for all ten NAP priority countries. Through a collaborative approach, workshop attendees created context-specific action plans for implementing aspects of community-based DR-TB care within their country, including relevant timelines, quality improvement strategies, and monitoring and evaluation strategies. Attendees further benefited from continued engagement with USAID and international TB experts for technical assistance and routine monitoring.
The workshop provided a forum for NTP managers, implementing partners, civil society actors, and the private sector to discuss the best practices for community-based DR-TB care, develop action plans for implementing or further institutionalizing these practices to scale-up the DR programs. Discussions focused on program implementation challenges, successes, and the necessary components for community-based DR-TB programs’ success.