Assessing the impact of a district multisectoral accountability framework for tuberculosis control in Pakistan
Keywords:Multisectoral accountability framework, TB, COVID-19, UNHLM, UHC, Pakistan
This is an opinion paper on the process leading to the initiation of a model multisectoral accountability framework (MAF) project in the coastal district of Sindh. Dopasi Foundation in collaboration with Stop TB Partnership Pakistan conducted several meetings with senior policymakers of Sindh province drawing their attention towards the international commitment for establishing a Multisectoral Accountability Framework (MAF) to control TB. Thereafter, operational meetings were held with key government functionaries and district Badin. Subsequently the first sensitization meeting of stakeholders comprising of the district MAF team was convened and a problem analysis encompassing the current case notification, intersectoral challenges were drawn from the discussion these includes; likely benefits, zakat provision, mapping of community services, augmenting the role of drug inspectors, sputum transport and various dimensions related to the control and elimination of TB was conducted. This problem analysis, MAF implemented in the district and found effective in case detection likewise; during 2020, 2,519 TB cases were notified as compared to 2,464 in 2019, depicting a nominal increase, despite an overall decline of 17% in TB notifications owing to COVID-19 nationwide, while promoting self-reliance, pooling of resources and comparative advantages of each partner. This extremely cost-effective exercise based on WHO principles showed promising results, although the COVID-19 related disruption rendered a proper program evaluation impracticable. It is recommended that the government leaders need to work effectively with ministerial officials, civil society and affected communities, parliamentarians, private sector and academia, involved in diverse sectors including health and social protection, justice, labor, among others through this effective MAF.
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Copyright (c) 2022 Kinz ul Eman, Ghulam Nabi Kazi, Syed Karam Shah, Aurangzaib Quadir, Sher Afgan Raisani, Lucica Ditiu, Enrica Fantini, Irshad Memon
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