Knowing your HIV/AIDS epidemic and tailoring an effective response: how did India do it?

Sgaier, Sema K., Claeson, Mariam, Gilks, Charles, Ramesh, Banadakoppa M., Ghys, Peter D., Wadhwani, Alkesh, Ramakrishnan, Aparajita, Tangri, Annie and Chandramouli, K. (2012) Knowing your HIV/AIDS epidemic and tailoring an effective response: how did India do it?. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 88 4: 240-249. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2011-050382

Author Sgaier, Sema K.
Claeson, Mariam
Gilks, Charles
Ramesh, Banadakoppa M.
Ghys, Peter D.
Wadhwani, Alkesh
Ramakrishnan, Aparajita
Tangri, Annie
Chandramouli, K.
Title Knowing your HIV/AIDS epidemic and tailoring an effective response: how did India do it?
Journal name Sexually Transmitted Infections   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-4973
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/sextrans-2011-050382
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 88
Issue 4
Start page 240
End page 249
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Group
Language eng
Abstract Tremendous global efforts have been made to collect data on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Yet, significant challenges remain for generating and analysing evidence to allocate resources efficiently and implement an effective AIDS response. India offers important lessons and a model for intelligent and integrated use of data on HIV/AIDS for an evidence-based response. Over the past 15 years, the number of data sources has expanded and the geographical unit of data generation, analysis and use for planning has shifted from the national to the state, district and now subdistrict level. The authors describe and critically analyse the evolution of data sets in India and how they have been utilised to better understand the epidemic, advance policy, and plan and implement an increasingly effective, well-targeted and decentralised national response to HIV and AIDS. The authors argue that India is an example of how ‘know your epidemic, know your response’ message can effectively be implemented at scale and presents important lessons to help other countries design their evidence generation systems.
Keyword Female sex workers
Resource allocation
Prevention programs
South India
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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