HIV Measurement, Surveillance & Evaluation Methods Consortium

Investigator: George Rutherford, MD
Sponsor: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Location(s): South Africa


The HIV Measurement and Surveillance Methods Consortium is a 3 year programme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Consortium partners will develop, test and implement innovative and efficient methods for routine HIV measurement and surveillance among both adults and children. The unique contribution of the Consortium will be to maximize the potential of data routinely collected through HIV surveillance and service delivery platforms to provide timely information on key outcomes in relevant populations at a level appropriate to support resource allocation and realignment.

 The coming years will see the opportunity to improve and update guidelines for HIV surveillance and their implementation in countries, with the ultimate aim of improving HIV treatment and prevention outcomes. The Consortium will undertake methods development in the area of:

   1) HIV-related mortality,

   2) HIV incidence and prevalence,

   3) coverage and uptake of HIV testing, treatment and prevention interventions and

   4) size of key populations and their epidemic dynamics,

   5) understanding implementation, through analysing what is needed for scale-up of new methods, and 6) strengthening guidelines.

The consortium will be led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Consortium partners are: University of California San Francisco, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at University of Bern, and the University of Cape Town.