II MeSH Scientific Symposium (December 2017)

In May, 2015 WHO & UNAIDS held their third global consultation meeting on HIV surveillance in Bangkok. Over four days, discussions focused on recognising priority gaps in current surveillance systems, identifying the surveillance data needed to monitor achievement of long term goals such as the 90-90-90 indicators, and consolidating a global surveillance agenda to guide global and national programmes. To reflect these discussions, the MeSH consortium, in close partnership with WHO & UNAIDS have released a theme edition in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. The title of the theme edition is “Improving global and national responses to the HIV epidemic through high quality HIV surveillance data”. The theme edition will be released on Tuesday 5th December at the II MeSH International Scientific Symposium.

On Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December, the MeSH Consortium is to convene an international scientific symposium entitled “Building confidence in the collection and use of quality HIV data”. The symposium is being held in the Cradle of Humankind near to Johannesburg, South Africa. Through a series of presentations, discussions and activities, participants will consider how best to respond to emerging threats to HIV surveillance efforts and provide a sustainable approach to tracking and responding to the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society and Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in South Africa, will open the symposium and Dr Anton Pozniak, president elect of the International AIDS Society, will make a video address. Among the expert group of public health practitioners who will present on innovative and efficient methods to use and improve routine HIV data, Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director General of HIV/AIDS, TB and Maternal, Child and Women’s Health in the South African Department of Health, will present a keynote speech on using data to strengthen health systems.

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