Since the launch in the Fall, 2017, we have been assisting the Stop TB Partnership in its TB REACH Wave 6 Call for Proposals. The TB REACH initiative receives funding from the Global Affairs Canada, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Indonesia Health Fund, and the United States Agency for International Development to fund and evaluate innovative projects designed to improve detection and treatment of TB. Wave 6, which focuses in part on adherence technologies, has been a huge success! The Stop TB Partnership received over 570 grant proposals, with a total request of more than USD 224 million. Of those 570 proposals, 149 applicants requesting funding were invited to make final proposals — 30% of which were focused on adherence technologies. Ultimately, 15 proposals focused on adherence technologies were funded, with total funding of approximately USD 7.5 million. These 15 projects — many of which involve Wiseill, 99DOTS and SureAdhere technologies, and several of which are led by our friends at KNCV, Aurum, and PATH — will…
- significantly enhance the evidence base supporting the use of adherence technologies in TB treatment
- support demonstrations and trials in a wide range of high burden regions across Asia and Africa
- focus on technology-enabled assistance to particularly challenging patient populations, such as miners and nomadic/indigenous populations.
Congratulations to Stop TB Partnership, TB REACH, and to the many deserving grantees!