Expanding the generation and use of economic and financial data to improve HIV program planning and efficiency: A global perspective

Charles B. Holmes, Rifat Atun, Carlos Avila, John M. Blandford

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Abstract

Cost information is needed at multiple levels of health care systems to inform the public health response to HIV. To date, most attention has been paid to identifying the cost drivers of providing antiretroviral treatment, and these data have driven interventions that have been successful in reducing drug and human resource costs. The need for further cost information, especially for less well-studied areas such as HIV prevention, is particularly acute given global budget constraints and ongoing efforts to extract the greatest possible value from money spent on the response. Cost information can be collected from multiple perspectives and levels of the health care system (site, program, and national levels), and it is critical to choose the appropriate methodology in order to generate the appropriate information for decision-making. Organizations such as United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and other organizations are working together to bridge the divide between the fields of economics and HIV program implementation by accelerating the collection of cost data and building further local demand and capacity for their use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S104-S108
JournalJournal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes
Volume57
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV
  • PEPFAR
  • cost
  • finance
  • global fund

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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