KIT Royal Tropical Institute proudly presents: the MATCH approach (Mapping and Analysis for Tailored disease Control and Health system strengthening) for National Tuberculosis Programmes. MATCH supports National Tuberculosis Programmes to more effectively use resources to treat populations with ongoing tuberculosis transmission.
The MATCH approach begins by gathering many – often underused – sources of data, for example: geographic, temporal, and demographic data. The first step in analysis then identifies places and populations with significant numbers of missed tuberculosis cases, and gaps in the pathway of care. The next step is setting this information apart and preforming further investigations through mapping, followed by spatial and temporal analysis. The final step is assessing the various data using triangulation. The result is a clear picture of what can be done to stop the transmission of tuberculosis.
Who is MATCH for?
National Tuberculosis Programmes can use MATCH in collaboration with their health system partners. To do this it is important to train health care professionals how to use data to target tuberculosis interventions. In addition it is also key to foster a greater sense of ownership among data users and policy makers.
A country can plan more effective local interventions by linking data to policy objectives. Furthermore, countries can also plan more effective local interventions by combining and simplifying complex data into a more intuitive format, and building capacity for data management and analytical techniques. The end result is the MATCH approach can greatly reduce the burden of tuberculosis in communities.