Ensuring that patients have continuous access to tuberculosis (TB) treatment requires complex projections and calculations by program staff. It is becoming more challenging to make these predictions because new diagnostic devices rapidly increase the number of individuals diagnosed, which impacts the quantity of medicines needed. In addition, when treatment regimens change because new medicines or guidelines are introduced, national programs must carefully plan how to phase medicines in and out to minimize stock-outs or expiries. Frequent quantification and vigilant stock management are vital to ensuring that appropriate types and quantities of medicines are available to meet the evolving needs of TB programs as they scale up treatment.
WHAT IS QUANTB?
QuanTB is an electronic quantification and early warning system designed to improve procurement processes, ordering, and supply planning for TB treatment. Created by the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical and Services (SIAPS) Program, QuanTB is a downloadable desktop tool that transforms complicated calculations into user-friendly graphs displaying key information for managing medicines. When used on a regular basis (e.g., monthly, quarterly), QuanTB serves as an early warning system, providing information on actual versus planned consumption, potential expiries, and stock outs of medicines.
Learn to use QuanTB by taking the e-course on LeaderNet.