Epidemic Indicators for HIV from the World Health Organization (WHO)
In May 2015, the World Health Organization released new guidelines to measure the reach of HIV services and their impactglobally and nationally. Called the new Consolidated Strategic Information Guidelines for HIV in the Health Sector, they were developed by the WHO in partnership with the Global Fund, UNAIDS, UNICEF, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The new guidelines recommend using 10 simplified indicators to compile information about HIV care and treatment. These indicators include the following:
- Number of people living with HIV
- Domestic funding for HIV research
- Coverage of HIV prevention services
- Number of people diagnosed with HIV
- HIV care coverage
- HIV treatment coverage
- HIV treatment retention
- Human immunodeficiency virus suppression
- Number of HIV/AIDS deaths
- Number of new HIV infections
Using data collected using these indicators, HIV specialists hope to better assess the impact of global and national efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. WHO announced the new guidelines at the 3rd HIV surveillance consultation in Thailand.
In addition to guidelines outlining ten global indicators, the initiative offers 50 national indicators to be selected by individual countries. According to the WHO, the new Consolidated Strategic Information Guidelines for HIV in the Health Sector have been developed for use by all specialists involved in national HIV programs, non-governmental HIV organizations, donor agencies, and partners engaged in global and national HIV services.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)