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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Organisation and Administration

NTLP is under the Unit of Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Department of Preventive Services, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Administratively, NTLP operates at three levels: national, regional and district.

At the national level, the Tuberculosis and Leprosy Central Unit (TLCU), situated in the MOH, co-ordinates all activities pertaining to TB and leprosy control in the country. The Central TB Reference Laboratory (CTRL) situated at Muhimbili national hospital is part of the central unit. TLCU is responsible for planning, monitoring, evaluation and resource mobilisation. It is also responsible for training of staff, supervision of field activities, data aggregation and analysis, quality control and operational research. On-the-job training of RTLCs and DTLCs is done during supervision visits to each region, bi-annual RTLC meetings and zonal meetings.

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