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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 18:15

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. TLCU staff advises the regional health management team on all matters pertaining to the control of tuberculosis and leprosy and the performance of the Regional Tuberculosis and Leprosy Co-ordinators (RTLC).

The RTLC is answerable to the Regional Medical Officer (RMO) and responsible for management and co-ordination of all NTLP activities in the region. The RTLC is responsible for supervising the District Tuberculosis and Leprosy Co-ordinators (DTLCs) and ensuring an uninterrupted and efficient drug supply to the districts, training, and advocacy. The RTLC verifies quarterly tuberculosis, leprosy and drug stock/request reports from DTLCs. On-the-job training of DTLCs is done during quarterly supervision visits and quarterly DTLC meetings. RTLC advises DMO on all matters pertaining to NTLP and DTLC performance.

At the district level, NTLP supports DTLCs who are answerable to the District Medical Officer (DMO) and are responsible for management and co-ordination of all NTLP activities in the district. They are responsible for supervision of general health workers who are diagnose and treat tuberculosis and leprosy patients according to NTLP technical guidelines at health facility level. Tuberculosis and leprosy control activities are thus fully integrated in the basic health services, supported and facilitated by NTLP through training, supervision and an uninterrupted supply of drug and laboratory reagents. The DTLCs maintain tuberculosis and leprosy registers in which they accumulate all data on patient notification and treatment outcome, as they are recorded in the basic health services by general health staff. Quarterly reports are extracted from these registers and forwarded to the RTLC, together with a quarterly drug stock/request form. The DTLC advises CHMT on all matters pertaining to tuberculosis and leprosy control in the district

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