The ENGAGE-TB Approach: Operational Guidance

World Health Organization

The purpose of this document is to provide operational guidance to NGOs and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and National Tuberculosis Programs (NTPs) or their equivalents in implementing and scaling-up integrated community-based TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care using the ENGAGE-TB approach. The ENGAGE-TB approach seeks to shift the global perspective of TB from only a medical illness to a more comprehensive socioeconomic and community problem. ENGAGE-TB is a brand that proposes six areas to facilitate the engagement of NGOs and other CSOs in community-based TB activities. This document describes the basic operational principles for effective collaboration between NTPs and NGOs and other CSOs. The principles are aligned with the Stop TB Strategy and are complementary to existing guidelines for engaging all health care providers (including NGOs) in TB prevention and care as part of a public–private mix. This guidance emphasizes that NGOs or other CSOs (such as FBOs) providing facility-based TB services (e.g. hospitals, health centers and clinics) should also implement community-based TB activities using the ENGAGE-TB approach.