As the world comes together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that essential services and operations continue to protect the lives of people with Tuberculosis (TB). The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to reverse much of the progress that has been made in reducing TB-related morbidity and mortality in recent years. There is a need to ensure the ongoing performance of national TB programmes (NTPs), while strengthening the public health approach and promoting preparedness of TB programmes and capacity for health crisis management.
In this project we aim to develop new standards and tools to monitor the performance of TB programmes during periods of significant disruption and generate new evidence that can inform appropriate preparedness and response plans to effectively mitigate the impact on TB services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and future public health emergencies, including:
- Developing an impact assessment framework to monitor essential TB services
- Integration of a comprehensive DHIS2 package
- Development of country preparedness plans to mitigate the impact of future public health emergencies on TB services
The project will conduct in West and Central Africa with close collaboration with the West and Central regional network for TB control, regrouping the 27 NTPs of the region and support from the Global TB programme of the WHO and the special programme for research and training in Tropical Disease (WHO/TDR).
In Cooperation with
- Global TB Programme at WHO (WHO/GTB)
- The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR)
- West and Central African Regional Networks for TB (WARN-TB/CARN-TB)
- Health Information Systems Program (HISP) at the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway
Last update: June 2021