Report of a Technical Consultation on Information Systems for Community-Based HIV Programs

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80 p.

This report is about community-based HIV programs, i.e. non-facility-based programs, which include those that provide services for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV, home-based care (HBC) and support services for people living with HIV, and prevention programs for the general population such as youth or high-risk populations such as sex workers. Information systems exist to track program and organizational efficiency. Community-based programs are diverse in terms of their capacity and resources, and they are often multisectoral, such as programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Frontline providers and volunteers delivering community-based services are faced with a significant data collection burden due to lack of resources, capacity, and streamlined indicators. The purpose of the technical consultation was to obtain consensus on a way forward to strengthen information systems for community-based HIV programs so that the information systems provide high quality data that are used to improve programs and facilitate reporting and use throughout the health system and beyond. The objectives for the two days of the meeting were: Day 1: to acquaint participants with some existing tools, resources, and experiences of information systems for community-based programs; and Day 2: to identify gaps in existing information systems and to come to a consensus about how to fill these gaps.

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