NTLP Goes More Digital
The Government of Tanzania is not lagging behind on this. It has shown its commitment by putting in place policies and strategies to make sure that technology offers best solutions to assure access and quality service delivery for the Tanzanian community.
It is in this line that one of the main NTLP strategy is strengthening of the program’s monitoring and evaluation system by digitalising the routine recording and reporting system in order to track program’s performance. This system has being developed by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DoCSE) of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and has successful been piloted in 20 Councils in 5 regions of Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, Pwani DSM and Dodoma in this year.
The system which is one of its kind in the region of east and central Africa is based on the DHIS2 platform using a tractor to make a case history over time. The System has 4 main integrated areas or program functionality arranged as registers of TB susceptible, DRTB, Leprosy, POD, and a TB laboratory network information part. The system offers a real time recording of case data and hence real time visibility at all appropriate levels for effective monitoring, reviews and decision making.
Training on the use of the system has already began where by all the RTLCs and DTLCs have already received the training. This will be followed by the training of the TBHIV officers and National HMIS focal persons in the first year of implementation.
The Program will start using the system in October this year and beginning the year 2018 all reports will be extracted from it. The district coordinators will be the ones responsible to enter facility data and plans are underway to capacitate the facility with high volume and favorable ICT environment to be able to use the system as well.
The development of the case base system has been made possible by the University of Dar Es Salaam DHIS2 Developers who has been contracted by the Ministry through a support by the Global fund grant to support Malaria, HIV and TB. The technical support has been provided through KNCV-Challenge TB and the initial assessment and requirement gathering were supported by CDC-PEPPFAR grant.