Strengthening National Capacity for Integrated HIV/AIDS Health Data Collection, Use, and Dissemination in Support of an Evidence-based Response in South Sudan

Funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with PEPFAR support, this project builds the Ministry of Health’s capacity to generate, gather, disseminate, and use integrated, high-quality information to inform evidence-based HIV programming and strategic planning in South Sudan. High-quality information is key to reaching HIV epidemic control, so we established and conduct routine antenatal care surveillance to help prioritize HIV care and treatment and respond to HIV service needs when and where they arise. We also support a weekly and monthly dashboard, which provides data to PEPFAR partners for improved HIV care and treatment services at clinics. The data are routinely reviewed and necessary changes are made to improve the quality and use of information. To ensure all HIV studies in South Sudan adhere to ethical standards, we set up and continue to support the Ethics Review Board.

This project is a follow-on to Strengthening System Capacity and Data Collection with a Focus on Strategic Information in South Sudan (2012-2017), during which IntraHealth conducted the first-ever HIV monitoring and evaluation assessment in South Sudan and revised HIV data collection tools.