A massive population-based study launched in the Western Cape and Zambia yesterday is aiming to answer the critical question whether testing large populations for HIV and immediately starting those infected on effective antiretroviral treatment programmes, could close the tap on new infections.
The study, HPTN071 (PopART) will aim to find out whether offering a combination of several HIV prevention methods to a community will better prevent the spread of HIV that the standard individual methods currently on offer.
Project: Preparing and Performing Readiness Assessments for Implementation of HIV Prevention Technologies in SA
Health system strengthening is a key objective in both the Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement and the Re-engineered Primary Health Care approach. Effective utilisation of routine data is crucial for improving the effectiveness of service delivery as well as for improvement of health information systems. There remains considerable scope for improved utilisation of routine data for quality improvement.