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Marcelo Castrillo, MD, MPH, Faculty of Medicine and Public Health, Nuer University, Urbanizacion La Madre, Calle 11, No. 123, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 591-3-352-5476, email@example.com, Bernardo Kiflesus, MPH, Director-General, Ministry of Health, Eritrea, PO Box 1901, Asmara, Eritrea, and Embaye Andom, MPH, Monitoring and Evaluation Group, MOH, Ministry of Health, Eritrea, PO Box 1901, Asmara, Eritrea.
In 2003, Eritrea finalized a five-year, multi-sectoral strategy to direct HIV/AIDS control. The 2003–2007 National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV/AIDS/STIs addresses nine priority areas for coordinated action by the Government of Eritrea (GoE) and its partners. Among the priority areas was strengthening research, surveillance, monitoring, & evaluation of the HIV/AIDS/STI epidemic. The national M&E framework is not intended to meet the needs of individual agencies, initiatives, or even districts within the country. Its sole purpose is to identify national-level indicators that can be used to assess the magnitude of the problem, track trends over time, identify emerging priorities, assist in advocating for greater investment in HIV/AIDS, and inform decisions on resource allocation. The indicators are both relevant to the objectives articulated in the 2003–2007 Plan and appropriate given the time, money, human resources, and systems available to generate and interpret information that can help us maximize our impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The framework consists of several levels of indicators and methodologies, geared to assess ongoing activities and progress (monitoring), and to assess the overall effect of the health programs and interventions over the beneficiary population (evaluation). A toolkit was created. The M&E program covers HIV/AIDS, STIs, Malaria, TB and Reproductive Health. The current study goes beyond the national framework and covers baseline analysis using LQAS methodology and initial results of the health management information system developed on a modular basis to collect, analyze, and make decisions at the district level.
Keywords: Evaluation, HIV/AIDS
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Any relevant financial relationships? No
The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA