Evaluation of the 2016–2020 regional tuberculosis response framework, who western pacific region

Kerri Viney, Chris Lowbridge, Fukushi Morishita, Kalpeshsinh Rahevar, Kyung H. Oh, Tauhid Islam, Ben J. Marais

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Abstract

Objective To assess the implementation of the Regional framework for action on implementation of the End TB Strategy in the Western Pacific, 2016–2020 in countries and areas in the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region. 

Methods We used a mixed methods approach to assess the framework’s measurable and perceived impact. We conducted an analysis of national tuberculosis strategic plans, a cross-sectional survey of senior staff of tuberculosis programmes, key informant interviews and some country case studies. 

Findings Of the 37 countries and areas of the Western Pacific Region, 14 had a national tuberculosis strategic plan, including all countries and areas with a high incidence of tuberculosis. Most senior tuberculosis programme staff who responded to the survey (16/23) found the regional framework useful when developing their national targets and grant applications. Programmatic challenges identified included financing, human resources, public–private mix, active case finding, and paediatric and drug-resistant tuberculosis. Most of the 17 key informants thought that the regional framework’s categorization of actions (for all settings, for specific settings and for pre-elimination settings) was useful, but that the added value of the regional framework over other relevant documents was not obvious because of overlap in content. 

Conclusion The regional framework influenced national level tuberculosis control planning and implementation in a positive way. A future regional framework should provide a longer-term strategic horizon and specifically address emerging trends and persistent problems faced by countries or areas of the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-341A
Number of pages4
JournalBulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume99
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

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