In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), RTI held a training of trainers on the National NTD Database template and Data Quality Assessment Tools at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi. The event was attended by over 35 participants and facilitators representing WHO Geneva, WHO Africa Regional Office, WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, WHO National Program Officers from the Africa Region, Ministry of Health officials from seven countries, consultants and partners including RTI International, Sightsavers and Deworm the World.
The purpose of this training was to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to support NTD-endemic countries in customizing the national database template to their country context and then utilize the database to store, manage, analyze, and report NTD data; and implement data quality assessments to review the quality of their NTD data and national reporting system.
Building on this event, additional data management workshops will be held later this year for country-level M&E Specialists and data managers from the national NTD programs to build their capacity to utilize these tools.
The Data Quality Assessment protocol and National NTD Database template were both developed by RTI International as part of the ENVISION project, in partnership with the World Health Organization. During 2014, the tools will undergo extensive field-testing. Final tools will be included as part of WHO’s M&E Toolkit for NTDs in early 2015.