Activities

The Centre is composed of a core management team, and a research and teaching group. The work of the Centre has been funded by WHO, GIZ,  European Commission, UNDP and UNICEF.

The work strategy of the Centre is built around responding to national and regional needs in implementation of HIV strategic information systems and evaluation of HIV, viral hepatitis and STI interventions by:

  • Developing innovative training programme
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Conducting research on HIV, viral hepatitis and STI epidemiology and prevention
  • Development of partnerships and collaborative networks with national and international institutions
  • Bringing together a wide range of expertise
  • Adapting surveillance and programme evaluation guidelines and tools

Innovative process of training

Extensive training materials with case studies and practical exercises on HIV surveillance and programme evaluation have been developed and implemented. All training modules have been extensively evaluated. Training is based on interactive methods and approximately 50% of time is spent on practical exercises, in particular on a protocol for the surveillance system development or evaluation of HIV interventions. Participants are encouraged to reflect upon and apply their knowledge to their own country settings and some have organised such training courses in their own countries.

Technical assistance

Technical assistance included various activities relevant for design and implementation of HIV surveillance systems and monitoring and evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions, such as design and implementation of HIV surveys, validation of EMTCT of HIV and syphilis and writing-up applications for the GFATM. Technical assistance was provided to the following countries: Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen. We also work continuously as advisors to WHO, GFATM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF and other agencies on carrying out various research projects and consultancy missions, and development of HIV strategic information tools and guidelines.

Research

Our interest is in understanding factors that influence HIV and STI transmission in various settings and populations, and evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions. We conduct research using methods such as respondent-driven and time-location sampling to understand HIV, STI and viral hepatitis epidemics in key populations. We also conduct evaluation research using cohort and experimental designs.

Adaptation of Surveillance Tools and Guidelines

Guidelines for implementation of HIV surveillance systems in low-level and concentrated epidemics have been developed for WHO EMRO to assist surveillance officers and programme managers in planning, design and implementation of various components of HIV surveillance. The Guidelines were translated by WHO EMRO Office in Arabic and French. The Centre has also conducted the adaptation of the CDC training module on respondent-driven sampling for the WHO EMRO Region.

We also contributed to WHO HQ HIV Cascade Data Use Manual: To Identify Gaps in HIV and Health Services for Programme Improvement, published in 2018.