By Robin Flanagan, Manager, NASTAD Global Program
For two years, NASTAD has been working with Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Health to help develop their HIV/AIDS surveillance system. While this partnership began with reinforcement for behavioral surveillance among populations at greatest risk for HIV, in the last six months, capacity building support has expanded to also focus on case-based surveillance. Consistent with current PEPFAR priorities, these activities seek to strengthen local public health capacity and encourage use of scientific data for monitoring, evaluation and decision-making.
By Christelle Gorman, Operations Assistant, Global Program, NASTAD
Asia Regional HIV/AIDS Case Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, October 2012
After a period of eight years out of the region, NASTAD’s Global Program, in partnership with the Surveillance and Strategic Information Unit of CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization hosted the Asia Region Workshop on Integrated HIV/AIDS Case Surveillance in Bangkok, Thailand, October 2012. Over the course of the workshop, NASTAD worked with 40 surveillance staff from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, The Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
This workshop was offered to leverage CDC’s and WHO’s growing support of case-based surveillance due to the vast availability of person-level data that exists in countries as international HIV/AIDS programs have developed and been implemented. Case-based surveillance–which is the practice of measuring and monitoring the incidence, progression and outcome of a disease through the collection of person-level data for a series of key or sentinel (reportable) events–can effectively leverage existing data to better understand the national HIV/AIDS epidemic in a routine and timely manner.
By Gen Meredith, Associate Director, Global Program, NASTAD
Mentoring of Ministry of Health Staff in Haiti to Support and Supervise the National HIV Case Surveillance Initiative
NASTAD is currently expanding scopes of work in three technical areas and is looking to augment its pool of technical assistance providers. To support this expanding work, the Global Program recruiting technical assistance providers with the following skill sets:
- Community-based behavioral and biomedical HIV/AIDS prevention interventions
- Community-based organization capacity building
- HIV/AIDS case surveillance
- Public health program leadership and management
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