Integrated NTD database
National neglected tropical diseases (NTD) programmes generate a substantial volume of data from implementing activities associated with starting-up, scaling-up and scaling-down the implementation of preventive chemotherapy. Following a recommendation by the Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for NTDs, WHO has led the development of an integrated NTD database to improve evidence-based planning and management of NTD programmes at the national and sub-national levels.
The integrated NTD database was developed through a collaborative process coordinated by WHO, building on the work already done by the Regional Office for Africa for its regional database on lymphatic filariasis and the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, multiple partners including RTI International through the ENVISION project and the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Indicators presented in the database were drawn from established WHO joint reporting forms, NTD partner databases, collaborating organizations, drug donation programmes and severe adverse events reporting forms. Extensive input was received for field-level development processes undertaken with the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific and several Ministries of Health (Burkina Faso, Congo, Indonesia, Malawi, the Philippines and Sierra Leone).
As part of the process of rolling out the use of this tool, training of trainers workshops have been conducted for key resource persons and technical officers from the Regional Office for Africa, the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (Yemen), NTD partner agencies (Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Sight Savers, Malaria Consortium, Liverpool Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases) and research institutions (Kenya Medical Research Institute, Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research). These resource persons are available to provide technical assistance to national NTD programmes that may require assistance in taking up the tool at national and sub-national levels. Additionally, training workshops organized by the Regional Office for Africa are expanding the process of rolling-out the use and uptake of the tool by national programmes.
The integrated NTD database strengthens effective data storage, data sharing and data management at the country level, as well as reporting through auto-generation of standardized reports required for submission to WHO and NTD partners. This improves timeliness and completeness of reporting from national to regional and global levels. Importantly, the integrated database consolidates all NTD data into a single repository that harmonizes data flow pathways, promotes country ownership of NTD programme data and improves data security. Countries are therefore encouraged to adopt the use of the integrated NTD database, particularly in instances where no consolidated database to host NTD data at national level currently exists.
The database has several technical features that make it advantageous to use, as follows:
- Ability to interface effectively and share data with WHO and the respective regional offices
- Ability to enter data for any of the NTDs that are endemic to any given country
- Ability to complete and auto-generate the WHO Joint Reporting form (implementation data) and the WHO Epidemiological form for diseases targeted with preventive chemotherapy
- Based on a Microsoft Access platform, with potential to transition to a web-based, multi-user platform
- Presented with a simple, user-friendly interface for data entry and reporting
- Ability to produce default and customizable reports
- Ability to import and export data
- Ability to archive historical data
- Available in multiple languages (English, French, Portuguese, Bahasa)
The integrated NTD database is free to use and is intended for used by national NTD programme managers, monitoring and evaluation specialists, and/or data managers at the central level of NTD-endemic countries.
There are two main steps to run the integrated NTD database on a computer: first, to install the Access Database engine, and then to install the integrated NTD database itself.
Note: To use the integrated NTD database, Windows XP or later version and Microsoft Excel 2007 or later must be installed on your computer. The integrated NTD database will not work with Microsoft Excel 2003 or with Microsoft Office for Mac.