Tanzania launched its TB Caucus

On 8th of November, 2016 in Dodoma, Tanzania has officially launched its TB Caucus. The event occurred concurrently with sensitization of Members of Parliament (MP's) on TB disease in general. A total of 283 (73%) out of 389 members of Parliament including Hon.Minister and Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children were able to participate actively. This event was made possible with support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  Challenge TB Project.

Among key issues addressed were;
1. Overview of TB in Tanzania
2. Experience of Global TB caucus
3. Tanzania MP's resolution on TB disease and way forward

Also MP's had an opportunity to ask questions and clarifications on TB control services based on the presentation.
In addition to that, there was testimony from two former TB patients of whom one of them was cured MDR-TB patient.
Last but not least MP's under the Chairmanship of Parliamentary Social and Community   Development  pledged for full commitment regarding TB care and prevention in the country.



Group Photo, Minister for MOHCDGEC,Representative of Global TB Caucus, NTLP, KNCV and MUKIKUTE.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:59
NTLP Background

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare launched the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme (NTLP) in July 1977. The programme is charged with the responsibility of facilitating early diagnosis, treatment and cure of as many tuberculosis and leprosy patients as possible so as to reduce the incidence and prevalence of these diseases until they are no longer a major public health problem in the country and to reduce physical disability and psycho-social suffering caused by the two diseases. Tanzania was the first country in the world to successfully combine the control of TB and Leprosy into a single programme.

Control of TB and Leprosy in the country is implemented in collaboration with partners. The partners are the Swiss Agency for Development Co-operation (SDC), Netherlands Development Agency (NEDA) through the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE), Development Cooperation Ireland (DCI), German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (GLRA), Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Foundation (KNCV) and The World Health Organisation (WHO). The partners and the Ministry of Health together form the NTLP Management Committee (NMC), which oversees the implementation of the NTLP plans.

In February 12 2009, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare conducted NTLP evaluation in collaboration with partners. The review report was used as one of the inputs towards development of this strategic plan

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