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Better Data Collection Needed To End AIDS

The Hill: Poor data imperils global effort to end AIDS
Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, and Gregorio Millett, vice president and director of public policy for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research

“…While the responsibility for good data lies with many, three major global institutions could make a huge impact by improving their approaches: UNAIDS, the U.S.-funded PEPFAR program, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. … In a new report available at endingaids.org this week, we call on these organizations to dramatically improve their collection, analysis, and reporting of HIV/AIDS information. Data from all three agencies needs to be coordinated and accessible at more frequent intervals. Good decisions always require good information. When resources are limited, data matters even more. With global AIDS funding trailing far short of what is needed, we have to prioritize those treatment and prevention strategies that can save the greatest number of lives, and then aggressively monitor progress…” (8/18).