Annex VI - Strategic information resources


Good program data analyses require discussion and analyses of current data trends and synthesis of what these trends indicate for future program focus. For example:

  • What overall trends are occurring in coverage, program retention, program outputs and/or outcomes of target populations for your program service?
  • What services, results, or populations are lagging behind and require renewed support?

When describing the overall status of a program area, a TWG should first draw upon data analyses that are already available. Country teams should supplement the data they are collecting through their routine program monitoring processes with additional data provided through population-based quantitative data, evaluations, consensus meetings, sentinel site information, or potential sources of qualitative data. Several resources accessible to countries are provided below. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of data sources.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  1. Global Fund - Global Fund Results as of December 1, 2008 can be found at: http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/results/?lang=en. Additionally, information about country grants and performance can be found at: http://www.theglobalfund.org/programs/search/?lang=en&component=HIV/AIDS 
     
  2. World Bank - The World Bank launched the Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program (MAP) in September, 2000. With funding to over 30 countries, the program has been a major contributor of resources to the global AIDS efforts. Limited information regarding the countries that are MAP-funded can be found here: http://go.worldbank.org/I3A0B15ZN0.
     
  3. Global HIV Monitoring and Evaluation Information - This webportal (www.globalhivmeinfo.org) is a powerful 'one-stop-shop' for information and resources on the M&E of the AIDS epidemic and response. The portal includes an extensive and continuously growing number of documents and resources for download in a digital library, interactive calendars of events and training activities and news flashes. You can quickly find information and tools by searching the portal or the digital library, or can tap the wealth of information available on M&E-related sites throughout the internet by using the portal's external search engine.

Surveillance and Surveys

  1. DHS/AIS surveys full reports - These are full country reports for any country that has conducted DHS or AIS surveys. You can find these reports at: http://www.measuredhs.com.
     
  2. Population-based demographic and behavioral indicators - A number of DHS and AIS surveys have been completed in the past 4 years. An excel table is available for many countries that includes UNGASS and PEPFAR indicators in the following areas: stigma and discrimination, knowledge, VCT, sexual negotiation, sexual behaviors, young people sexual behavior, STI care and prevention and HIV prevalence. This can be found at: http://www.pepfar.gov/guidance/framework/dhs/index.htm
     
  3. Other information - The following links may also be helpful to provide you with country-level specific information.
    1. Towards universal access: Scaling up priority HIV/AIDS interventions in the health sector. June 2008. Includes estimates of treatment and PMTCT needs and coverage by country. http://www.who.int/hiv/mediacentre/2008progressreport/en/index.html
    2. The WHO HIV/AIDS Epidemiologic Fact Sheets and Country Profiles - Contains the latest HIV/AIDS surveillance data for 170 countries. Epidemiological Fact Sheets are extracted into single-page country profiles. These country profiles have a special focus on time series. They include line charts on HIV prevalence 1990-2007, number of people living with HIV 1990-2007, annual number of deaths 1990-2007, antiretroviral therapy coverage 2004-2007 and prevention of mother-to-child transmission coverage 2004-2007. These can be found at: http://www.who.int/hiv/countries/en/
    3. The UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic. Includes reports on the latest developments in the global AIDS epidemic. The 2008 edition provides the most recent estimates of the AIDS epidemic and explores new findings and trends in the epidemic's evolution. Based on data available as of December 2007. Estimates are also those found in Universal Access Report. This can be found at: http://www.unaids.org/en/KnowledgeCentre/HIVData/GlobalReport/2008/2008_Global_report.asp

For most program areas, the above data sources should provide you with:

  • Basic epidemiologic data on HIV prevalence and some HIV-related behaviors
  • Estimates of the number of persons who are HIV-infected, in need of treatment or services, and orphaned
  • Coverage of some services in tabular, graphic and map formats.
  • A comparison of cross-country results and targets over time

Health Management and Information Systems / Geographic Information Systems

  1. Health Metrics Network - The Health Metrics Network (http://www.who.int/healthmetrics/about/en/) is an international organization devoted to strengthening the reporting and use of health information through strengthening health information systems. Their website contains a set of tools, frameworks and standards for planning, organizing, and evaluating the technology for disease monitoring and reporting. These tools and standards provide a roadmap as national governments with donors focus on one national reporting system.

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