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Int J Public Health. 2010 Dec;55(6):693-9. doi: 10.1007/s00038-010-0179-7. Epub 2010 Aug 12.

The potential contribution of small-scale intervention projects in the field to the national health information system for HIV and sexually transmitted infections: a case study of a multilevel intervention in Guatemala.

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Fundació Sida i Societat, Barcelona, Spain. Joanna.Barczyk@theglobalfund.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Guatemala's efforts to fight sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS are compromised by the lack of timely and accurate data. The strengthening of the national Monitoring and Evaluation system is key for a better understanding of the epidemics and the formulation of effective public health responses. This study assessed how health service providers in resource-poor countries can contribute indicators to national health authorities.

METHODS:

Review of data sources produced by projects of a NGO harmonizing the identified indicators with national and international standards. During a field visit, they were validated with key stakeholders.

RESULTS:

Study results are 19 original and 13 harmonized indicators.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings suggest that small-scale projects can contribute to the strengthening of national health information systems.

PMID:
20703508
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-010-0179-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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