South Africa will host the AIDS 2016 conference in August. In the months leading up to the international meeting, momentum around the many efforts to reduce the country’s HIV prevalence is gaining. JSI’s Derek Kunaka explains how strategic information systems are essential to understanding community need and efficiently allocating resources where they are needed most.
I’m an info guy. I like data, and I came to the conference to present on our monitoring work through the ESI Project, collecting data for PEPFAR to make informed programmatic decisions. There was a lot of interest overall, and we got a lot of interesting questions: about sustainability, about how the data we collect is actually used to inform planning, in practice.