Tuberculosis Prevention & Treatment

Central Tuberculosis Division (CTD), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India has set up National Technical Support Unit (NTSU) at the National level and State Technical Support Units (STSU) at select States in each of the nine targeted States to support activities related to Private Sector Engagement, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), PFMS and Multi-Sectoral Engagement support. STSU – Rajasthan has been assigned to Society for Promotion of Youth& Masses (SPYM) and has started functioning in July 2021.

Central Tuberculosis Division (CTD), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW), Government of India has similarly assigned SPYM to set up STSU – West Bengal and this STSU on TB has started functioning in January 2022.

  • Technical Support: Providing technical assistance and support to the state TB program in the implementation of TB elimination activities. This involves guidance on adoption of evidence-based strategies for TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care.

  • Capacity Building: Strengthening the capacity of the state TB program and its implementing partners through trainings, monitoring visits and mentoring support. This includes building the skills and knowledge of healthcare professionals, program managers, and community health workers involved in TB elimination activities in the state. Most importantly, it will work with the state to deploy dipsticks surveys, qualitative assessments. Technical support to public sector on process improvement.

  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation: Supporting the monitoring and evaluation of TB elimination programs at the state level. This involves developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks, assisting with data collection and analysis, and providing technical support for quality assurance and improvement initiatives. The objective is to ensure that TB programs are implemented effectively and achieve the desired outcomes

  • Data Management and Reporting: Assisting in the management and analysis of Nikshay/ TB – related data, including case notifications, treatment outcomes, and drug resistance patterns, DBT payments, Treatment adherence etc. This includes strengthening the state’s data management systems and providing guidance on accurate and timely reporting to district, state and national reporting platforms.

  • Advocacy and Partnership: Engaging in advocacy efforts to raise awareness about TB and mobilize resources for TB program. This includes advocating for increased political commitments, resource allocation, and collaboration with stakeholders such as government agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector.

  • Research and Innovation: Promoting research and innovation for TB program at the state level. This may involve supporting operational research, implementation science studies, and the adoption of innovative approaches to improve TB services and outcomes. The objective is to generate new knowledge and evidence for informed decision making and program improvement.

  • Collaboration and Networking: Facilitating collaboration and networking among various stakeholders involved in TB program, including government agencies, NGOs, research institutions, and community-based organizations. This includes fostering partnerships, knowledge-sharing, and coordination to leverage expertise, resources, and support for TB elimination efforts.