In the global campaign to respond effectively to the spread of HIV/AIDS, a new tool has emerged which aims to greatly improve decision-making
on HIV/AIDS-related policies and programmes:
a suite of cutting-edge data analysis tools collectively known asAIDSinfo.
In November 2010, UNAIDS - the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS - launched itsAIDSinfoapplication to house the latest global multi-agency data on AIDS.AIDSinfoconsists of three ground-breaking products that target different audiences:Country Fact Sheetsfor senior managers who require snapshot information,Regional Analysisfor data visualization and exploration, and the fullAIDSinfo databasefor in-depth analysis.
All three products are powered by DevInfo database technology.
With this approach, UNAIDS is aggressively promoting the use of data for decision making
at the global, regional, national and even
sub-national levels. By training its staff and country counterparts in the use of theAIDSinfosuite of tools, UNAIDS is driving the data use agenda to a new level.
“UNAIDS selected this innovative platform because it allows flexible views of the data and flexible packaging of information on factsheets
in a user-friendly way for comparison of investments, programme coverage, and other results,” explains Taavi Erkkola, Senior Adviser, Response Monitoring and Analysis Unit, UNAIDS. “This has been greatly appreciated by different constituents who wish to see and be able to promote the results of effective interventions.”
Continues Erkkola, “In line with the newly
adopted UNAIDS global strategy, AIDSinfo serves the purpose of providing evidence on AIDS responses at global, regional and country levels, as well as a link with the Millennium Development Goals and the wider international development agenda.”
Between January and May 2011, UNAIDS has been launching a series of global webinars that introduce the use ofAIDSinfoto different constituents. As one participant described the lessons learned from the training, “I can now provide the evidence for our national agenda-setting myself, without having to hire several consultants to dig it up.”
WithAIDSinfoin the hands of key decision makers across the globe, those worst affected by the ravages of HIV/AIDS can look forward to better targeted interventions in the days ahead.
Data making a difference.
For further information, please contact Taavi Erkkola, Senior Adviser, Response Monitoring and Analysis Unit, UN AIDS, atErkkolaT@unaids.org.