Safar NaimovSafarali Naimov is a MDR-TB survivor from Tajikistan. Having experienced the disease (2009-2012), he learned about important aspects related to TB, and more importantly about the fact that the needs of people with TB were not and are still not sufficiently known to the decision-makers.

He became a member of TB Europe Coalition in 2013, which helped him realize his capacity as human resource on TB work and start efforts to contribute to making sure that the socio-economic and psychological needs of people with TB were addressed. A training conducted by TB Europe Coalition helped Safarali become a co-founder of a national multi-stakeholder Coalition “Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan” uniting people affected by TB, their relatives, as well as, organizations involved in the fight against TB (governmental, public, private and international).

Currently, Safarali is managing projects on TB prevention at the “Stop TB Partnership, Tajikistan” implementing the TB Regional EECA Project on Strengthening Health Systems for Effective TB and MDR-TB Control in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Support Groups created within the Coalition “STOP TB Partnership” provide treatment support and engage in case finding. Safarali has been leading the team in Tajikistan to develop a necessary tool (Stop TB Community App) to empower communities with knowledge, provide guidance for accessing services, collect information about the needs of people with TB and monitor the implementation of the TB response. Safarali’s team collaborates and engages with local businessmen, the Committee on Religion and Regulation of National Traditions, the Ministry of Education, the Republican Healthy Life Style Center under MoH and SPP and other government departments with a view to supporting the National TB Program and making sure that the move from long-term hospitalization to quality people-centered care in ambulatory settings is happening, whilst taking into account the needs of people with TB and their families.

Safarali participated in several regional conferences and policy consultations, helping to bring the voice of people to the TB response. He is a member of TB People – the Global Network of People Affected by TB, as well as a member of the Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA).