On Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December 2017, 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. Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society and Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in South Africa opened the symposium and Dr Anton Pozniak, president elect of the International AIDS Society presented a video address on the second day. An expert group of public health practitioners from Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and United States presented and discussed innovative and efficient methods to use and improve routine HIV data.
The symposium report from this event will be made available in February 2018. Look out for updates here on our website and on our twitter feed.
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