IAS 2018 – Pre-Conference Reading! (July 2018)

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world and worth preparing for in advance. If you are interested in improving the collection and use of HIV data, the MeSH consortium has not only prepared a conference pathway to help you navigate this huge conference but lists below three top reads to help you prepare for debates and discussions.

MeSH Muldersdrift Report
In this report we present recommendations, arising from presentations and discussions over the two days of the symposium, for building confidence in the collection and use of quality HIV data.

The MeSH Consortium convened an international scientific symposium entitled “Building confidence in the collection and use of quality HIV data”. The symposium was held in the Cradle of Humankind near to Johannesburg, South Africa. Through a series of presentations, discussions and activities, participants considered 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.

WHO, UNAIDS & MeSH – Theme Issue: Improving Global and National Responses to the HIV Epidemic Through High Quality HIV Surveillance Data

The papers in this e-collection in JMIR relate to the collection and use of high quality, relevant HIV surveillance data to monitor long-term goals based on country priorities, and the identification of priority gaps in current surveillance activities. For an extra quick overview of this indepth special issue – see the summary of its contents here.

“Strengthening Routine Data Systems to Track the HIV Epidemic and Guide the Response in Sub-Saharan Africa”
Brian Rice, Andrew Boulle, Stef Baral, Matthias Egger, Paul Mee, Elizabeth Fearon, Georges Reniers, Jim Todd, Sandra Schwarcz, Sharon Weir, George Rutherford, James Hargreaves

If you want to focus on one particular paper – this one is perfect and is accessible to all.

Background: To reduce HIV incidence and mortality a new phase of the response is required, one where routine data are optimally utilised to accelerate prevention outreach, reduce HIV transmission, and promote optimal HIV care for all.
Objectives: Present priorities for action to improve the demand, supply and use of routine HIV data. Guided by the principles of case-based surveillance, to explain how data systems that collect individual-level data from a range of sources can be enhanced and used to facilitate the development of user-friendly tools.

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