AIDS Prevention in the Southern African Development Community : Policy Research and Decision Support

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is at the epicentre of the AIDS pandemic. The regional adult HIV prevalence is approximately 11%, twice the average in other African countries. Scores of randomized controlled trials add each year to the literature on AIDS prevention. However, it stretches the capacity of policymakers to stay abreast of the expanding literature and the abundance of literature does not mean that it is in usable form. The Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales (CIET) has collected, selected, critically appraised and extracted findings relevant to AIDS prevention in the region from over 5 000 publications.

This grant will help CIET continue this work by supporting the design of a computer-assisted decision tool linking multiple meta-analyses of international AIDS trials and studies with local survey data in each SADC country, and modeling the likely impact of different prevention strategies. This will support an evidence-based selection of an appropriate mix of preventive interventions, taking into account cost, benefit, and both positive and negative side effects. The project will include evaluation of the tool in at least three Southern African countries and link with the GHRI-supported African Development of AIDS Prevention Trial (ADAPT) project (104051) to train government planners and nongovernmental organizations in the use of the tool.

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Start Date

Thursday, September 27, 2007

End Date

Friday, March 27, 2009


18 months

IDRC Officer

Naidoo, Pat

Total funding

CA$ 102,610


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Ari Ho-Foster

Project Leader

Neil Andersson



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