Greetings from Afrocab,

SMART4TB is a US$200 million investment from USAID to tackle tuberculosis (TB) through research and its translation to policy and practice. The SMART4TB project is led by Johns Hopkins University and an international consortium of research partners and civil society organizations. SMART4TB will run through 2027 and will support research across five technical areas: diagnostics, treatment, operational research, prevention of transmission, and vaccines. Community engagement is central to the SMART4TB project across the research process and technical areas and will occur through multiple forums that leverage input from local, national, regional, and global community members. CABs, supported directly by SMART4TB consortium member Treatment Action Group (TAG), will be an essential mechanism of community engagement for SMART4TB.

The regional CABs will be coordinated by regional networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America supported by the Treatment Action Group (TAG)

Through a competitive open process, Afrocab TreatmentAccess Partnership (“Afrocab”) was awarded the coordinating role for the African region.

Afrocab now invites applicants (16 in total/ two per country), from the following countries to apply for membership to join the SMART4TB COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD from the SMART4TB participating countries of Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Applicants from Global Fund Technical Assistance countries of Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia and South Sudan may also be considered depending on skills and experience in TB research and advocacy.  

The Terms of Reference for the SMART4TB CAB members can be found below with a description of the Terms of Reference: Interested TB community members with the above expertise and criteria are requested to urgently send a short motivation indicating their affiliation and any experience/expertise in TB, their organization (if applicable) and indicate agreement or consent from the organization to allow them to participate fully in the SMART4TB activities, to with the heading:

The deadline for submissions is COB: Thursday 20th July (Apologies for the short turnaround) 

Please share this call for applications widely within your TB networks.

Published: July 17, 2023