Specific areas of focus
TB burden estimates
Understanding the burden of TB is one of the first steps toward designing and implementing context-specific interventions. Getting sub-national burden estimates is now increasingly needed because of the need for targeted interventions as the distribution of TB burden is heterogenous at sub-national levels. In support of this aim, we focus on availing improved and innovative tools to estimate both national and sub-national TB burden estimates.
Strengthening TB surveillance system
In alignment with the global direction of case-based, unified digital surveillance systems, KNCV is actively contributing to country-level efforts to design a new generation of surveillance systems that provide opportunities for real-time monitoring of TB epidemiology and program performance. Our role includes assessment of benchmarks and standards of national TB surveillance systems and epidemiological reviews.
Building on ongoing works of supporting national TB programs with implementation of modelling in the development, updating, scenario optimization, and costing of national strategic plans, KNCV has embarked on further developing the modelling landscape toward availing simplified and user-friendly options.
Training and capacity building in research methods
Recognizing the pressing human resource crisis in health systems and the increased need for capacity building in the context of new tools and interventions, the team focuses on providing mentoring, supervision, and consultation services in research methods.
M&E and data management
Monitoring and evaluation is critical to the design and delivery of interventions to combat TB, both to assess performance at the facility, project, and national level. Central to effective monitoring and evaluation, is robust data management systems. The team provides M&E and data management services to projects and partners, as well as conducting capacity building training activities.