By Tracie Rogers, Study Lead, NASTAD, Trinidad and Tobago
HIV surveillance among key populations has been identified as a national priority by the government of Trinidad and Tobago since 2004. Despite this, human resource challenges and a lack of surveillance expertise have contributed to the absence of surveillance data to inform the government’s HIV/AIDS response for these populations. NASTAD, in partnership with the Ministry of Health HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit, has worked to address this need through the implementation of a surveillance survey with one prioritized population, and a formative assessment to inform the conduct of another surveillance survey with a second population. These initiatives have elucidated the realities of key populations and equipped the government with empirical evidence to inform programmatic areas. Continue reading
By Mark Griswold, Manager, NASTAD Global Program
Over the past nine years, NASTAD has worked with the Haitian Ministry of Health (MOH) to develop and implement HIV case surveillance in Haiti. This collaboration has resulted in the establishment of one of the few functioning HIV/AIDS case surveillance systems in the developing world.
As the quality and representativeness of Haiti’s case data have improved over time, so, too, have the possibilities for detailed, high quality data analyses. NASTAD held the second of a series of trainings to support and mentor Haiti’s MOH staff to analyze and interpret case surveillance data. The training was held in Port-au-Prince and attended by public health professionals throughout the country. Consistent with the priorities of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), these trainings seek to strengthen local public health capacity and encourage use of scientific data for monitoring, evaluation and decision-making. Continue reading
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.