Planning and Budgeting for TB control activities
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Some of the benefits of the tool are:
- It should save time and improve the quality of plans and budgets once an initial effort to understand and use it has been made.
- Because data are entered in Excel, plans/budgets can be easily revised or updated when necessary.
- Much of the plan document itself can be produced by writing a written text description of what has been set out in the tool.
- Plans and budgets for TB control are set out comprehensively in one place.
- It allows budgets to be presented in a standardized way, facilitating comparisons among and within countries.
- It automatically produces the financial information requested on the annual WHO data collection form.
- It provides a framework for monitoring and evaluation of TB control.
These benefits arise because:
- The tool provides a ready-made framework for planning and budgeting for all components of the Stop TB Strategy, in line with the Global Plan.
- The tool provides a ready-made list of likely inputs and activities to consider for each major component of TB control, based on experience from a variety of countries. This can serve as a useful checklist when developing plans and budgets.
- Background epidemiological and demographic data are already integrated into the tool, helping with projections of indicators such as the number of patients to be treated and estimation of the first-line drug budget.
- The tool includes a ready-made set of default values for indicators such as patients that will need to be treated, population size that will need to be covered by different interventions, and the unit costs of different interventions. These can provide a useful reference point for your own plans and budgets and can be used when you do not have any estimates of your own.
- Summary tables and figures are automatically generated and can be used as the basis for resource mobilization including Global Fund proposals as well as for reporting of financial data to WHO.
- Data are entered in Excel, and can be easily revised or updated when necessary.
- Much of the plan document itself can be produced by writing a written text description of what has been set out in the tool. For example, key components of a plan such as the goal, objectives and targets, strategies to be implemented, activities and inputs that are needed to implement strategies, and budget requirements and funding gaps, can be written based on the data entered in the tool.
- Plans and budgets for TB control are set out comprehensively, in one place.
- The tool makes use of information that is not always available at country level.
- The tool is flexible - it can be adapted to country-specific needs.