Refining the PCF tools and approaches for country implementation.
PCF aims to facilitate a systematic approach to country-led, data-driven planning, prioritization, and decision-making, for people-centered TB programming. KNCV has worked together with our global partners, including BMGF and WHO, since 2019 to develop, pilot, refine, and implement the PCF approach.
KNCV is supporting Ethiopia, Vietnam, Malawi, Nigeria, and Rwanda to use the PCF approach to develop optimized national strategic plans to support planning, programming, and resource mobilization. This work includes writing evidence based applications for The Global Fund for the period 2023 – 2025.
KNCV’s support also includes data consolidation along the TB care continuum, a critical component of the framework. Local evidence is collated and examined with a deep dive into problem areas. The findings from this assessment are then presented to, and discussed with, key stakeholders to agree on the major issues, underlying causes, and proposed solutions. This work will continue into 2023 when most countries have scheduled their national strategic plan development and updates.
In addition to our work supporting implementing countries, KNCV concentrated on refining unique PCF tools and methodologies in 2022. This work included building the PCF knowledge hub to allow free information exchange with nations looking to accelerate their TB prevention and care efforts.
The PCF knowledge hub website acts as a onestop shop for the PCF community of practice, giving access to all PCF information, tools, learning opportunities, and exchange of experience. The PCF knowledge hub also contains links to other websites with information and resources that policymakers and partners might find useful when using the PCF approach for TB programming. KNCV maintains and continuously improves the PCF information in response to country experiences and user feedback, to ensure that the design, toolkit, processes, and resources are still relevant and continue to get better with use.
KNCV also released a PCF Handbook in 2022 to support national TB programs, and their partners, implementing the PCF approach. Using feedback and experiences from early adopter nations, the handbook is a holistic manual with step-by-step instructions, templates, tools, and “tips and tricks” to support the creation of optimal, evidence-based, and people-centered National Strategic Plans for TB programs. The guide supplements WHO Guidance for national strategic planning for TB.