The policy and planning section of NTLD is tasked with the role of developing a TB integrated curriculum, sustainability framework of development and a joint work plan of monitoring and evaluation. It also oversees the overall coordination of the work from the Global Fund. These tasks can be explained as follows:
a) Development of the TB Integrated Curriculum
The NTLD-Program is mandated to develop and review policies that govern the control of TB, Leprosy and Lung Disease in Kenya. In 2015, the NTLD-Program initiated the process of integrating the TB, Leprosy and Lung Disease guidelines. Currently, several guidelines have been developed for each disease complete with reference materials.
b) NTLD-Program National Strategic Plan Launch 2015-2018
The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lung Health launched in 2015 – 2018 focuses on interventions to be rolled out across the country in the implementation of TB, Leprosy and lung disease control.
c) Development of a TB Sustainability Framework and Investment case TB, Leprosy and Lung Disease activities in Kenya are largely donor funded.
The policy section initiated the development of a sustainability framework in 2015 expected to facilitate the delivery of a strategic and sustainable response to TB. A central element of the framework is the development of an investment case that will enable the country understand previous and current TB epidemiology and health system responses. Furthermore, it will facilitate the identification of innovative financing and service delivery options including the scope for integration and other means to maximize efficiency, lower costs, improve quality and identify means to enhance health system equity and inclusiveness.
d) Development of Annual Work plan/Joint Quarterly Work Plans
The policy section is involved in the development of an annual work plan drawn from all partners that includes developing activities, costing and budgeting in an effort to gain efficiency. The implementation of these activities is closely monitored for progress.