This module is intended primarily for HIV/AIDS programme managers and those who wish to obtain the broader knowledge in principles of HIV/AIDS surveillance. The module provides an overview of the key aspects of HIV/AIDS surveillance: HIV serosurveillance, STI surveillance and behavioural surveillance. The purpose of surveillance is to enable evidence-based development of HIV/AIDS prevention and control programmes, and to promote the most effective use of health resources. HIV/AIDS surveillance is built upon dynamic and flexible principles of careful resource allocation, the best response to the current epidemic state, use of biological and behavioural data, and integration of various data sources.
This course aims to introduce participants to recent trends in the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the WHO European region, to demonstrate principles of HIV surveillance and use of surveillance data for development of HIV prevention and control responses. The course emphasises the importance of evaluation of surveillance systems, and the use of surveillance data to assess the effectiveness and gaps in prevention and control policies. The course is relevant for HIV programme managers who work on planning of various components of HIV programmes, including surveillance. The course addresses all key elements of HIV surveillance and the links of surveillance and monitoring and evaluation, which has become increasingly important in HIV programme management. The group work will enable participants to acquire skills in planning, organisation and budgeting of national or regional HIV surveillance systems and to learn how to use data for programme planning and evaluation.
- Introduction to principles and components of HIV surveillance
- Key concepts of behavioural, biological and STI surveillance
- Importance of good quality sampling in surveillance
- Principles of monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems
- Planning and organisation of HIV surveillance
- Funding and budgeting HIV surveillance
- Staff skills in HIV surveillance
- Usage and interpretation of surveillance data
- Evaluation of HIV surveillance
- Ethics in surveillance
The course consists of lectures, exercises and presentations. Interactive methods such as group work and case studies will be used to encourage participation and skills building.
HIV programme managers, monitoring and evaluation specialists, social scientists, public health professionals.
The course takes place in five days.