An ECDC-HiE working group was established in 2016 to develop the Terms of reference for a commissioned project on the status of current initiatives and best practices on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of HIV testing in the WHO European Region with focus on assessing the level of available HIV testing data from community and health care settings as well as from self-sampling or self-testing. The information gathered and reviewed show that the most widely utilized HIV testing indicators are: Coverage rate, Uptake rate, Positivity Rate, Offer rate and to a lesser degree Linkage to care rate. However, the international organizations’ guidelines and guidance (WHO and ECDC) show certain disagreement on which indicators to consider for measuring outputs or outcomes for national HIV testing programmes. This may be related to the fact that each country has its own national HIV response programmes that include its own HIV testing component and possibly monitoring system. From the articles and documents reviewed it is clear that there is a difference between health care and community settings in terms of metrix and data collected. The description provided here of current projects evidence that much efforts has been put into developing and pilot testing monitoring and evaluation instruments.
Presentation and publications
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the HIV in Europe initiative (HiE)
The working group: Ann-Isabelle von Lingen (EATG), Daniel Simões (EATG), Dorthe Raben (CHIP), Ida Sperle (HIV in Europe Secretariat), Jordi Casabona (CEEISCAT), Lara Tavoschi (ECDC), and Tom Platteau (Institute of Tropical Medicine).
External consultant Ekaterina Filatova.