Regional TBTEAM Meetings
Regional Workshop on National Strategic Planning for Tuberculosis control for the African region
Nairobi, Kenya / October 2012
The workshop took place in Nairobi, Kenya and was attended by approximately 70 participants from 27 African countries: Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The participants included representatives of the national TB programme, WHO national profiessions officers for TB control and the TBCARE officers who are based in 10 participating countries. Specifically the meeting objectives of the workshops included: 1) description and explanation of the key components of the NSP including consistency throughout; 2) explain the methodology in developing robust NSPs, 3) to provide knowledge and skills participants on a methodology through simulation exercises and 4) to initiate a momentum for the development, revision or improvement of NSPs for TB control, especially in the light of the new Global Fund scheme of releasing funding. The workshop guided countries through the process of developing sound National Strategic Plans for TB control in order to strengthen NTP management and prepare for resource mobilization (funding and technical assistance). Presentations were made on the overall purpose and methodology of strategic planning, the TB planning and budgeting tool, TBTEAM coordination of technical assistance for GF grant implementation and support to NTPs TBCARE support to NTPs and the GF new funding model and strategic investment framework.
Regional Workshop On National Strategic Planning for Tuberculosis Control for the European Region
Chisinau, Moldova | 8-11 October 2012
This workshop focussed on identifying and discussing the key principles in order to establish an appropriate NSP. Specifically the meeting objectives included: 1) description and explanation of the key components of the NSP; 2) discussing the content of each component of the NSP and how to ensure the consistency within the NSP; 3) appropriately use the WHO budgeting and costing tool in the development of the budget plan and the TBTEAM tools to establish a technical assistance plan; 4) reviewing the existing NSPs of the participating countries following the principles highlighted above and 5) initiating the improvement of country’s NSPs. Additionally the workshop was used in order to present and discuss the TB strategic investment framework within the context of the Global Fund new funding model, as well as discuss phase 2 renewal processes and opportunities. The Global Fund also facilitated a discussion on the challenges of and opportunities for PMDT scale up in countries of the region.
Furthermore, WHO HQ took the opportunity to have NTP and country representatives from the high priority European countries to present the initial proposal for the post-2015 strategy and targets for care and control of TB and discussions revolved on the way forward. The majority of participants were agreeable to the framework and provided supplementary comments to take into consideration during the draft of the new document.
The participating countries were Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan and were represented by the NTP manager and the relevant professional(s) involved in NSP development including Global Fund, KNCV, TB CARE and the Pan American regional office.
Regional Workshop on TB Control Planning, Implementation and Monitoring
Jakarta, Indonesia | 29-31 May 2012
The focus of the workshop was to support countries in their strategic planning, so that they continue receiving funding from global fund (through phase 2 renewals) and to prepare the process for potential applications to the future funding opportunities from the GF. The meeting was attended by participants from all 11 member countries of the South East Asian region, several partners working in the region, representatives of the global fund and WHO staff from the regional and country offices. Updates were made on the implementation of MDR-TB response, TB/HIV and introduction of new lab diagnostics in the region. Representatives from the GF presented the changes in the GF Secretariat structure and functions and the potential scenarios for the future funding opportunities. It was highlighted that funding gaps well defined and linked to robust national strategic TB plans will be essential for any future release of funding through the GF. Participants then went through the various exercises and group work on the framework necessary for the development of robust national strategic TB plans including operational and technical assistance plans, M&E plans and comprehensive budget plans including well defined gaps.