World AIDS Day 2011
December 1, 2011 marks the 23rd World AIDS Day. Held every year on December 1, World AIDS day raises awareness of HIV/AIDS and commemorates those who have lost their lives to the disease. An estimated 33 million people are living with HIV today; in the 30 years since HIV was identified, it has killed more than 25 million people worldwide. The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "Leading with science, uniting for action."
For the past decade, MEASURE Evaluation has worked to improve the monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS programs worldwide through coordinated efforts supported by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). MEASURE Evaluation has done work to help control the spread of HIV and to treat people living with HIV/AIDS in more than 10 countries, including Zambia, Namibia, Russia, and Vietnam.
MEASURE Evaluation also works in program areas related to HIV/AIDS, such as monitoring and evaluation of orphans and vulnerable children.
MEASURE Evaluation resources related to HIV/AIDS include:
· The HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Network (AIMEnet), a network and listserv that allows members to ask questions and seek advice regarding M&E of HIV/AIDS programs. AIMEnet has more than 1,600 members from 108 countries; current members are from global-level organizations, grassroots NGOs, donor agency headquarters, ministries of health, national AIDS coordinating bodies, research institutions, and universities. AIMEnet is open to anyone interested in learning more about M&E of HIV/AIDS.
· PLACE: Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts, a rapid assessment tool to monitor and improve AIDS prevention program coverage in areas where HIV transmission is most likely to occur. Already implemented in 10 different countries, PLACE systematically identifies gaps in current prevention programs, improves program delivery, and monitors program coverage over time using easy-to-understand indicators and coverage maps.
· Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating HIV Prevention Programs for Most-At-Risk Populations, a 94-page document developed with UNAIDS, the World Health Organization and other partners, that provides guidance to governments, international and nongovernmental organizations and others involved in monitoring and evaluating HIV prevention programs for most-at-risk populations. The framework includes methods and tools that can be applied at the national and subnational level.
Read about our work in HIV/AIDS here.