This toolkit was jointly developed by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Global TB Programme (GTB) at WHO. The writing of the toolkit was led by a core team including Vanessa Veronese, Corinne Merle, Olumide Ogundahunsi, Dennis Falzon and Cecily Miller. Additional support and technical guidance was provided by Yinyin Xia, Saskia Den Boon, and Edward Kamau.
This toolkit is an adaption of TDR’s Implementation Research Toolkit (first developed in 2014, with support USAID and later revised in 2018 with support from the Access and Delivery Partnership). We acknowledge the work of Olumide Ogundahunsi, Edward Kamau and colleagues, for their contributions towards the original toolkit.
We would also like to thank those that were involved in the conceptualisation, development and/or review of this toolkit including: Eric Adam, Domingos Alves, Draurio Barreira, Werner Bill, Daniel Chin, Andrew Cross, Daniel Graham, Chris Issacs, Hala Jassim Almossawi, Giovanni Battista Migliori, Sreenivas Nair, Raghuram Rao, Jon Rathauser, Kevin Schwartzman, Kaiser Shen, Lal Sadasivan Sreemathy, Alistair Story, Zelalem Temesgen, Vadim Testov, Bruce V Thomas, Simon Tiberi, Kristian Van Kalmthout, Vikraman Venu, Tobias Welte, Vipin Yadav, Yohannes Molla, Andre Villaneuva, Nontobeko Ndlovu, Baraka Onjare, Katya Gamazina, Alena Skrahina, Donna Mae Geocaniga-Gaviola, Matthew Quaife, Salome Charalambous, Jens Levy, Jacqueline Huh, Draurio Barreira Cravo Neto, Mingting Chen, Hui Zhang, Sudarshan Mandal, Yinyin Xia, Ficard Ndayimirije, Muhammad Amir Khan, Thomas Geiser, Richard Lester, Richard Garfein, Vitalii Poberezhets, Manu Mathew, Achilles Katamba, Katherine Farr, Katherine Fielding, Jonathon Campbell, Amera Khan, Mariam Otmani Del Barrio, Lena Fiebig, Adithya Cattamanchi, Nnamdi Nwaneri, Mohammed Yassin, and Eliud Wandwalo. We also thank the following WHO colleagues who were involved in this project including: Matteo Zignol, Nebiat Gebreselassie, Hazim Timimi, Tomas Matas, Sameer Pujari, Thomas Dale Hiatt, Andrei Dadu, Giorgi Kuchukhidze, Sundari Mase, Kirankumar Rade, Lice Gonzales-Angulo, Ernesto Jaramillo and Ivan Babovic.
The toolkit has benefited from the inclusion of case studies that illustrate the real-world applications of digital technology within TB programmes; for this we thank their authors and contributors: Barbara Reis-Santos, Fernanda Dockhorn Costa, Alysson Feliciano Lemos, Denise Arakaki-Sanchez, Liu Xiaoqiu, Li Tao, Bruce Thomas, Wang Ni, Katherine Fielding, Shitong Huan and Zhang Hui, Nazir Ismail, Mathew Manu.
The ideation of the toolkit and the creation of this application were funded through grants made available by the European Respiratory Society, the Russian Federation and China.