The vision of MeSH

Measurement and Surveillance of HIV epidemics (MeSH) Consortium develops, tests and implements innovative and efficient methods for routine HIV measurement and surveillance among both adults and children.

HIV surveillance data are key to understanding the HIV epidemic and the impact of both prevention and treatment interventions.  The unique contribution of MeSH is to maximise the potential of data routinely collected through HIV surveillance and service delivery platforms, to provide timely information on key outcomes in relevant populations, and to support resource allocation and realignment.

To achieve this the consortium has focused on four complementary themes of work:

MeSH_30_30Support the implementation of routine case based surveillance
MeSH_30_30Develop the prevention cascade framework for a range of prevention interventions, including working on improving size estimation methods for key at risk populations as cascade denominators, and on the measurement of the HIV- associated stigma experienced by these groups as a key barrier to coverage
MeSH_30_30Develop guidelines for HIV surveillance
MeSH_30_30Improve estimates of HIV associated mortality in the general population and within treatment programmes

The major focus for 2015 was to establish the structures of the consortium and initiate activities in each of the target areas. In 2016, we built on these foundations to develop key outputs, and supported our partners, including both global and within-country stakeholders.

The coming years will see the opportunity to improve and update guidelines for HIV surveillance and their implementation in countries, with the ultimate aim of improving HIV treatment and prevention outcomes. The Consortium plays an important role in achieving this aim.