TIME FAQ

Who funds TIME? TIME development and application is principally funded through USAID. Individual projects to implement TIME in countries have also been funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as WHO-Western Pacific Region Office.
Can I use TIME all by myself? The user-friendly interface of TIME is designed to enable independent use, through training and support. If you are interested in using TIME, we advise you to contact the LSHTM TIME team through , or Avenir Health to ask about opportunities for training and support.
What can I use TIME for? TIME is designed to inform TB policy choices throughout the NTP’s programming cycle. TIME cannot answer specific operational questions; however, it can help identify needs and set priorities in operational research. If you have a specific question, we encourage you to contact the LSHTM TIME team through , or Avenir Health.
Does TIME cost money? No. TIME is available for free download and use.
Do I need to be a modeller or mathematician? TIME users should have a good understanding of TB epidemiology, but do not need previous training in modelling or mathematics.
Do I need training? The user-friendly interface of TIME was designed to enable training and capacity building.
If you are interested in using TIME for your setting, we strongly advise you to contact the TIME team at LSHTM at or Avenir Health for a discussion on your questions, and opportunities for training and support.
Can TIME support a TB Concept Note? Yes, TIME has been specifically designed to inform discussions during Concept Note development, or any part of the TB policy cycle. You can see examples of this in the Countries page.
Can TIME support the TB/HIV component of a joint Concept Note? Yes. TIME has specific structure and interventions that can inform the decisions for the TB/HIV component of a joint Concept Note
Can TIME support an HIV Concept Note? No. TIME is not designed to explore HIV-specific interventions. The Spectrum software has a package called Goals, which is designed to inform HIV policy decisions, including in preparation for the HIV Concept Note
Where has TIME been used? You can see the countries where TIME has been used, and a few case studies by clicking here.
Who do I contact if I want to use TIME? You can contact the TIME team at LSHTM at or Avenir Health.
Why should I use TIME? To inform TB policy choices on the national or sub-national level and throughout the programming cycle. By using a modelling tool like TIME, all data and assumptions come together in a single rational framework. TIME also creates an opportunity to strengthen data and encourages local capacity building, with an aim to generate local leadership in the interpretation and use as well as ownership of modelling results.
What languages is TIME available in? TIME is currently available in English
What type of computer do I need to use TIME? TIME/Spectrum can run on any recent laptop or desktop computer with Windows XP or later. To be precise, for installation and operation of TIME/Spectrum you are recommended to have 2GB RAM along with 5GB of free hard disk space. If you are using a Mac, you will need to use a Windows emulator or partition your hard drive. For additional guidance, see http://www.avenirhealth.org/software-spectrum.php and search for ‘MAC users’.
Who should I contact if I have technical difficulties? You can contact the TIME team at LSHTM at or Avenir Health.
What time frames does it cover? TIME provides historical trends to match existing data, and future projections. The maximum range is between 1970 and 2050.

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