Technical Coordination Directorate (TCD)

This Directorate ensures the availability of technical expertise and guidance in all processes in the development of policies, plans, regulations, standards and programmes in the various specialize functional areas within the Health sector; medical and dental, pharmacy, Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health and Health Promotion [Regenerative Health/Nutrition], and Allied Health. It is to generate the necessary synergies between the various expertise/backgrounds to accelerate the exploitation of indigenous local resources, create new strategic/policy options and generate National competitive advantage in the sector. The sections under this Directorate are headed by Chief Programme Officers in relations to the respective specialize areas covered. The Chief Programmes Officer is analogous to a Director.

1.Medical and Dental Policy, Regulations/Standards: The section develops and reviews the broad policies for the medical and dental health sub-sector of the Ministry. It designs and develops mechanisms, systems, plans, strategies, standards and regulations to promote clinical health care within the Nation

2.      Pharmacy Policy, Regulations/Standards: The section develops and reviews the broad policies for the pharmaceutical industry sub-sector of the Ministry. It designs and develops mechanisms, systems, plans, strategies, standards and regulations to promote the following thematic areas; drug production, supply and distribution within the Nation. It focuses on the following sub-sectors within the pharmaceutical industry

  • Drug Production Policy/Regulations/Standards: Affordable access to quality medicines and medical devices is critical for functioning health systems and fundamental for obtaining universal health coverage.
    For this purpose, it fformulates evidence-based guidelines and ensures good practice and good governance throughout the supply chain from selecting the right products to using them correctly; aaddresses access to medicines and medical devices for current and emerging health priorities such as anti-microbial resistance and non-communicable diseases; and develops tools to assess situations, monitor and measure progress on access to quality health products by people and their communities. It also designs and develops mechanisms, systems, plans, strategies, standards and regulations to ensure availability of cost effective production outlets, efficacious products to all parts of the country and reduces heavy burden of imports on the country’s economy by accelerating the exploitation of indigenous local resources, create new strategic options and generate National competitive advantage.
  • Drug Supply and Distribution Policy: Develops and reviews the broad policies for the sub-sector of the Ministry. It designs and develops drug supply chain, pricing and distribution mechanisms, systems, plans, strategies, standards and regulations to ensure availability of cost effective production outlets, efficacious products to all parts of the country and reduce heavy burden of imports on the country’s economy by accelerating the exploitation of indigenous local resources, create new strategic options and generate National competitive advantage.
  • Drug Information, Research, M&E: Designs and develops drug information database, research, monitors and evaluates policy strategies, mechanisms, systems, plans, standards and regulations within the sub-sector to ensure a viable pharmaceutical industry reduce heavy burden of imports on the country’s economy by accelerating the exploitation of indigenous local resources, create new strategic options and generate National competitive advantage.

3.      Nursing and midwifery Policy, Regulations/Standards: The section develops and reviews the broad policies for the nursing and midwifery sub-sector of the Ministry. It    designs and develops mechanisms, systems, plans, strategies, standards and regulations to promote clinical health care as well as healthy lifestyles within the Nation

4.      Public Health and Health Promotion Policy, Regulations/Standards: The section develops and reviews the broad policies for the regenerative health and nutrition sub-sector of the Ministry. It designs and develops mechanisms, systems, plans, strategies, standards and regulations to promote healthy lifestyles and wellness of citizenry within the Nation

5.      Allied Health Policy, Regulations/Standards: The section develops and reviews the broad policies for the allied health sub-sector of the Ministry. It designs and develops mechanisms, systems, plans, strategies, standards and regulations to promote health technologies and enhance clinical health care service delivery within the Nation

6.      External Health Cooperation Policy, Regulations/Standards: The section develops and reviews, policies, mechanisms, systems, plans, strategies, standards and regulations to strengthen relationships with external collaborators