Strengthening Capacity of Nigerian National TB and Leprosy Control Program: Towards Effective TB and HIV Collaboration

Strengthening Capacity of Nigerian National TB and Leprosy Control Program: Towards Effective TB and HIV Collaboration

Abubakar Muhammed Kurfi presenting at ICASA, Dec. 7, 2011. Credit: MSH.

Abubakar Muhammed Kurfi presenting at ICASA, Dec. 7, 2011. Credit: MSH.

The Program to Build Leadership and Accountability in Nigeria's Health System (PLAN-Health) -- led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in conjunction with eight local and international partners -- helped the Nigerian National TB and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP) in carry out a capacity assessment. PLAN-Health and NTBLCP defined critical gaps in the program and developed a comprehensive plan to ensure effective tuberculosis (TB) control throughout the Nigeria -- which carries the fourth-largest TB burden in the world.

The capacity assessment aimed to: determine critical gaps in the national TB and leprosy control program, including human resource challenges; expose major obstacles to implementing sustainable TB control in the country; and develop a capacity building plan that, if properly implemented, could strengthen the national TB response and also encourage TB/HIV collaboration at all levels.

The capacity gap analysis was conducted in relation to the core function of the agency: to coordinate a sustainable TB response in the country.

The process was a demand-driven, “bottom up” initiative that was based on dynamic partnership, effective collaboration and stakeholder involvement. The process started with an in-depth situation and gap analysis, including critical self-analysis, followed by the prioritization of these gaps using a multiple priority setting performance-gap analysis tool. After prioritization, the gaps were defined operationally, looking for the root causes using the capacity building pyramid as a fulcrum. Appropriate interventions were then developed for each of the root causes and, in some cases, one intervention could solve several of the identified root causes.

Through this capacity building plan, PLAN Health has successfully helped the agency to define the critical gaps hindering TB control in Nigeria and develop a comprehensive budgeted capacity building plan to address the gaps and ensure effective TB control at all levels in the country.

Abubakar Muhammed Kurfi presenting at ICASA, Dec. 7, 2011. Credit: MSH.

Abubakar Muhammed Kurfi presenting at ICASA, Dec. 7, 2011. Credit: MSH.

Abubakar Muhammed Kurfi is Technical Advisor of MSH’s Program to Build Leadership and Accountability in Nigeria's Health System (PLAN Health) in Abuja, Nigeria. Abubakar presented at the 2011 International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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