Population-based HIV Impact Assessments in Resource-Constrained Settings under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Investigator: George Rutherford, MD
Sponsor: Columbia University

Location(s): Burundi; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; South Sudan; Uganda; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Angola; Cameroon; Congo (Kinshasa); Congo (Brazzaville); Botswana; Lesotho; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland; Ivory Coast; Ghana; Nigeria; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; China; India; Cambodia; Indonesia; Viet Nam; Laos; Thailand; Ukraine; Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama; Suriname; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Haiti; Jamaica; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Papua New Guinea


Under the leadership of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, as part of the President's Emergency Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS/CDC) works with host countries and other key partners to assess the needs of each country and design a customized program of assistance that fits within the host nation's strategic plan and partnership framework.

The goals of this FOA are to:
1. Support the implementation of country-led, population-based HIV impact assessments to measure HIV-relevant services uptake and health outcomes and to monitor and inform policy and programming.
2. Strengthen host country capacity and skills to conduct population-based HIV impact assessments .
3. Use cost-effective, sustainable approaches and design elements leveraging current and evolving technologies. 
4. Facilitate the creation of primarily country-owned and publicly accessible data warehouses to maximize the use of collected survey data 
5. Maximize utilization of assessment data for monitoring program impact by broadening access to quality data through improved data capture methodologies, robust data management and a web-based data warehouse. 
6. Facilitate future (secondary) use of collected biologic specimens.

The purpose of this FOA is to provide technical assistance and/or conduct population-based HIV program impact surveys with the goal to strengthen the monitoring of impact and outcomes to more comprehensively inform national responses to HIV. These surveys use standardized methods, create publicly accessible data and specimen repositories, and improve survey methods to increase cost effectiveness and data quality, and support country ownership, local capacity strengthening as well as skills and technology transfer.