Some key findings and or learning from the visits:
As expected, from previous engagements with NTP offices, the ability to collect and or report TB data by key populations varied. Some countries had no way to record occupation in the source documents whilst others had fields that could capture current miners. However, none were able to capture family members of current or ex-miners. The TIMS M&E unit continues to engage the NTP to finalise means to ensure accurate recording and reporting of TB data by occupation. These efforts are expected to be finalised by the end of March 2017.
The M&E supervisory visits similarly found that there were various data management systems in use from, paper-based weekly tallies on the project-specific tool, to recording on presumptive TB cases in facility registers that are dedicated to TIMS data, and SMS technology was also found to be a key tool for interim weekly updates on a number of persons screened.
There are slight variations in operational indicators collect by the screening partners as informed by specific needs. IRD, the screening partner responsible for M&E, has ensured that all screening data that feeds into the TIMS screening indicators are reported using standardised tools.