The IFRC’s role in the fight against Tuberculosis

Community health and social care is a central element of all health programmes of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The emphasis is on working at community level and even household level through volunteers.

The model below illustrates how the IFRC contributes to the control of tuberculosis.

  • IFRC volunteers and community-based activities can complement the work of formal health systems by delivering care and support beyond treatment given in health clinics.
  • The IFRC can help people most at risk of being infected with TB. Our experience in social mobilization, communication and advocacy in other health issues - particularly in HIV - can also strengthen work in TB.
  • National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies can also encourage clients who have recovered from TB to become Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers - supporting others who have TB, advocacy and awareness raising.*
  • IFRC trained volunteers can support clients and their families to make sure that treatment is followed through properly.

*Note: The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement works specifically with "clients". Its role does not include the clinical care that the use of the word "patient" suggests.

Partners and supporters

National ministries of health, international organizations and non-governmental organizations consider the IFRC as a principal partner in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. The IFRC is a member of the Stop TB Partnership.