In June, the TB European Coalition finished the pilot mentoring program “3C to End TB: Competence, Confidence, Change” which has lasted for the past 3 months, with the aim of developing the leadership capacity for civil society and TB affected communities.

As part of the pilot program, mentors from the TB European Coalition conducted regular mentoring sessions for leaders from civil society organizations from Azerbaijan, Belarus and Uzbekistan. Each participant attended 6-7 sessions devoted to discussing problematic issues of their organization and establishing external partnerships, features of effective management, successful communication and other components important for work in the non-governmental sector.

The aim of “3C to End TB” Mentoring Program is to support leaders of the civil society and community-based organizations in harnessing and enhancing organizational and interpersonal skills – leadership, communication, conflict management and problem-solving. TBEC manager Maria Chuprynska, – “Our main task is to identify the problem together, suggest possible solutions to it and motivate fellow program participants to take actions that will lead to the necessary changes.”

Thus, the main focus of the “3C to End TB” mentoring program was focused on the psychosocial support to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to build effective partnerships and provide social services in the fight against TB.

“Personal changes can’t happen quickly, so I would like that mentoring sessions to be longer and the program itself would last longer.”, – says Natalia Kryshtafovich from Belarus about her impressions of the end of the mentoring program, “However, even such a short period of my participation in the program helped me to see those things that need to be seriously thought about and worked on for more successful activity of our organization and inspired me to many changes, which I am now gradually embarking on. ”

Each programm session lasts 1.5 hours. In doing so, the mentor structures the discussion using coaching and supportive supervision methods. The topics of the program sessions can be completely different, including request from the program participant. For example, discussions:

  • Awareness-raising and stigma reduction activities
  • Advocacy at all levels (i.e. improved availability of resources, services and medicines)
  • Provision of services at the continuum from cough-to-cure
  • Networking with other CSOs and COs
  • Building partnership with the National TB Program, Parliamentarians, healthcare workers
  • Addressing social determinants of TB and multisectoral accountability framework
  • Meaningful involvement in the decision-making processes on how the quality TB care should look like
  • Other.

“I would note for me personally recommendation about that can consider all complex tasks as a set of small, easily accomplished tasks was very much helped for me. And this skill not only gives me motivation and helps me to get rid of the stress associated with the impossibility of a global task, but also very noticeably brings me closer to achieving the goal. “- Natalia Kryshtafovich concludes her story following the results of the mentoring program.

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The pilot mentoring program was implemented by the TB Europe Coalition within the “Challenge Facility for Civil Society” EECA grant funded by Stop TB Partnership.

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