Initiating second generation HIV surveillance systems: practical guidelines

UNAIDS/WHO working group on global HIV/AIDS/STI surveillance

Reference Number: WHO/HIV/2002.17
ISBN 92-9173-219-2 (English)
ISBN 92-9173-220-6 (French)
ISBN 929173-222-2 (Russian)

The purpose of the guidelines is to assist National AIDS Programmes (NAPs) and Ministries of Health in implementing second generation HIV surveillance systems through a logical and standardized process. More specifically, the guidelines are primarily addressed to programme managers, epidemiologists, social scientists and other experts working in or with national programmes on surveillance issues.

The practical steps and recommendations place particular emphasis on the initial steps involved in the implementation of second generation surveillance systems. They include the following: assessment, consensus, plan and protocol development, implementation and, finally, monitoring and evaluation.