By Christelle Gorman, Operations Assistant, Global Program, NASTAD
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.