The HIV Measurement and Surveillance Support (MESH) Consortium: Key Populations Working Group

The HIV Measurement and Surveillance Support Consortium will develop, test, and implement innovative and efficient methods for routine HIV measurement and surveillance among both adults and children. The unique contribution of the consortium will be to maximize the potential of data routinely collected through HIV surveillance and service delivery platforms to provide timely information on key outcomes in relevant populations at a level appropriate to support resource allocation and realignment. 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 will play a major role in achieving this aim. This project will convene a Steering Committee comprised of key stakeholders to set priorities, and will undertake methodological projects and synthesize the results of these studies in the form of tools and input to surveillance guidelines. Methods development will be overseen by four Working Groups on measuring: (1) HIV-related mortality, (2) HIV incidence and prevalence, (3) coverage and uptake of HIV testing, treatment, E74 and prevention interventions and (4) size and epidemic dynamics of key populations. Two working groups will focus on: (5) understanding implementation, through analyzing what is needed for implementation of new methods at scale, and (6) strengthening guidelines, with the Consortium convening a country consultation and working with partners to catalyze action in these areas.

Principal Investigator: Sharon S. Weir

Funding Source: n/a London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Funding Period: 1/1/2015 - 6/30/2017

Primary Research Area: Population Health

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