Community of Practice

The MeSH consortium is building partnerships to improve HIV measurement. We convene or contribute to various platforms for knowledge translation, and for bridging research to in-country data-driven policy implementation. Theses engagements provide opportunities for us to evolve ideas and solutions, to identify and foster a community of practise, and to share and further develop our research.

The Third Global Consultation Meeting on HIV Surveillance convened by the UNAIDS and the WHO
Bangkok – May 2015
The aims and objectives of the MeSH consortium were presented and discussed as was the integrated use of programme and survey data for HIV measurement and surveillance among female sex workers in Zimbabwe.

UNAIDS Reference Group on estimates, modelling and projections
Ongoing
The MesH Consortium sits on the UNAIDS Reference Group on estimates modelling and projections and attends the groups meetings. MeSH presented on their ongoing work to this group at the meetings in May 2015 and May 2016.

HIV prevention and treatment cascade analysis
Zagreb – July 2015 and Beirut – October 2015
The MeSH consortium provided training on HIV prevention and treatment cascade analysis at the WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance in Zagreb in July, 2015 and the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region office in Beirut in October, 2015.

MeSH IeDEA and ALPHA network meeting
Bern – November 2015
A meeting in Bern was held in November, 2015 convened by MeSH and attended by colleagues from IeDEA and ALPHA HIV surveillance networks to discuss on-going work plans. In At the meeting, a proposal was developed and submitted as a preliminary proposal for a grant to improve the quality of the ALPHA data resource, to adopt common coding conventions for clinic records between IeDEA and ALPHA, and to strengthen the links between clinic and community data in geographically proximate areas.

WHO Global HIV Cascade Workshop Measuring and Tracking People Along the HIV Health Sector Cascade
Marrakesh – November 2015
MeSH prepared and applied materials for the WHO Global HIV Cascade Workshop Measuring and Tracking People Along the HIV Health Sector Cascade in Marrakech in November. The Consortium provided technical assistance during the workshop which was attended by representatives of WHO’s 26 highest-priority countries to improve data quality and cascade performance; presented on CBS methodology.

UNAIDS / Global Fund Key Populations consultation
March 2016
The MeSH Consortium provided technical assistance and supported discussions at the UNAIDS / Global Fund key populations consultation in Geneva, Switzerland. From these discussions, a report is being produced with recommendations for further research to develop reliable unique identifiers and for size estimation. The discussions in Geneva also informed the development of UNAIDS key population indicators included in their Global AIDS Monitoring.

International AIDS Society meeting
Durban South Africa – July 2016
At the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa we held two major events. At the start of the conference we held a Satellite Symposium entitled “Knowing Your Epidemic and Knowing Your Response: Maximizing routinely collected data to measure and monitor HIV epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa” (slide decks available here). At the session, where it was standing room only, a panel of global and national public health experts, including MeSH researchers, shared their experiences of successes and challenges in the monitoring of HIV programmes using routine data.
Subsequently, we hosted one of the conferences four prestigious Bridging Sessions. During this well attended session, entitled “Adopting routine patient-level data to track the HIV epidemic & improve HIV prevention & treatment strategies: a focus on Eastern & Southern Africa & Haiti” (slide decks available here), speakers from a variety of international, governmental, and non-governmental organisations shared their practical experience in implementing HIV case based surveillance in high and low income settings. In addition to our two well-attended sessions, we hosted a series of events at the MeSH booth in the conference village, and presented research outputs in a number of oral and poster presentations. See further information about MeSH at IAS 2016 here.

MeSH Scientific Symposium 2016
Tallinn – October 2016
An expert group of public health practitioners gathered to consider the challenges ahead, identify innovative and efficient methods for routine HIV measurement and surveillance, and agree on the next steps for moving to and beyond 2020. From the two days of interesting and engaging discussion , a number of proposals for priority setting were made. Theses are summarised in this report. For more information about the event see here.

WHO Global HIV Cascade workshop
Dubrovnik – November 2016
This workshop, which was a follow-up to the Marrakesh workshop in 2015, brought together representatives from the Ministries of Health of 27 high HIV prevalence countries, together with representatives of UNAIDS, GFATM, CDC, and other WHO-partner organisations. The workshop supported counties in moving forward in their development of HIV treatment cascades to improve in-country HIV testing and treatment services. There was a focus on the development of disaggregated cascades by age, sex and key population sub-groups.

London HIV Prevention Cascade Working Group
Ongoing
In partnership with Imperial College London, the MeSH Consortium launched the London HIV Prevention Cascade Working Group. The group meets on a regular basis to develop a research agenda on HIV prevention cascades using routine programme and survey data, and mathematical modelling approaches. Complimentary to this objective, we contributed to discussions at the HIV Prevention Cascades Stakeholder Consultation Meeting and Workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe (31st July to 2nd August)

WHO HIV cascade workshop

Harare – August 2017
The MeSH Consortium provided technical assistance throughout the four days of the WHO African region HIV Cascade workshop held in Harare in 2017. This workshop brought together representatives from the Ministries of Health of almost all of the high HIV prevalence countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Add Consolidated guidelines on person centred HIV patient monitoring and case surveillance.

MeSH Scientific Symposium 2017
Johannesburg – December 2017
An expert group of public health practitioners gathered to consider the challenges ahead, identify innovative and efficient methods for routine HIV measurement and surveillance, and agree on the next steps for moving to and beyond 2020. A report from this scientific symposium will be available soon. See more details about this symposium here.

Journal of Medical and Internet Research Special Edition Theme Issue 2017: Improving Global and National Responses to the HIV Epidemic Through High Quality HIV Surveillance Data
Launched December 2017
Following a consultation with UNAIDS in May 2016, we led the editorial process for, and contributed a number of papers to, a special issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research – Public Health and Surveillance entitled “Improving Global and National Responses to the HIV EpidemicThrough High Quality HIV Surveillance Data“. The papers in the e-collection 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. See the summary of the issue and its contents here.

Documented Analysis of HIV Care and Treatment Data Workshop Report
Workshop held December 2017
On 11th to 13th December 2017 a workshop was convened in order to update and document the analysis of the Tanzanian national HIV CTC3 database. The workshop additionally aimed to develop and build the process to enable further analyses of the CTC data to inform policy makers and health planners of the HIV service provision in Tanzania. The workshop was organised by the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) of the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), with members of the Measurement and Surveillance of HIV Epidemics (MeSH) Consortium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of California San Francisco leading technical assistance in the analysis of the data and writing of the report. See the report here.

Know Your Epidemic, Strengthen Your Response: Developing a New HIV Surveillance Architecture to Guide HIV Resource Allocation and Target Decisions
January 2018
This editorial accompanies and summarises a collection of papers published in in a special issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research – Public Health and Surveillance titled “Improving Global and National Responses to the HIV Epidemic Through High Quality HIV Surveillance Data”, on which MeSH led the editorial process.