Raising the Bars: Monitoring and Using Community-level HIV Data to Raise the Bars

By Lucy Slater November 11, 2014

NASTAD’s Global Program builds the organizational, programmatic and human resource capacity of regional/state public sector HIV program counterparts around the world. The HIV Care Continuum can help to identify needs and measure progress toward stronger outcomes in achieving an AIDS-free generation. NASTAD’s work strengthens the HIV Care Continuum through strong partnerships and by providing targeted training, technical assistance and supportive supervision. The previous blog posts describing how we are “Raising the Bars” can be found below:

Part VII: Monitoring and Using Community-level HIV Data to Raise the Bars

In order to design and implement HIV programs that will have the greatest impact, and assess that impact, it is critical that ministries of health have access to and are able to utilize data. In Ethiopia, NASTAD is working in partnership with the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office to implement the Multi-Sectoral Response Information Systems (MRIS) to facilitate this essential collection and use of data.

MRIS is a strategic information system designed to improve data collection, analysis, reporting and interpretation related to Ethiopia’s non-clinical response to HIV, including community level prevention and treatment and care activities across all regions of the country. The MRIS is comprised of standard paper data collection tools and an electronic interface that facilitates data collection from the community level. Data are collected and compiled at the zonal and then regional levels, ultimately creating profiles of HIV services provided, as well as gaps, at all sub- and national levels. When compiled, the MRIS allows for the routine and continuous monitoring of interventions, including HIV mainstreaming, school-based HIV prevention education, prevention among key populations, condom distribution, and care and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and people living with HIV (PLHIV).

Ethiopia MRIS Training

NASTAD staff facilitate the National Training of Trainers on MRIS for regional health staff.


NASTAD Ethiopia’s specific role is to engage and support each regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) in the implementation of MRIS through a series of planning, training, and technical assistance activities. Through NASTAD’s planning and implementation of a National Training of Trainers, all regional HAPCOs, including 62 health care workers from all regions of the country, received tools and training to plan for the implementation of MRIS in their respective regions. Addis Ababa HAPCO received additional support and technical assistance from NASTAD through 13 trainings of 544 health workers to begin full scale implementation of MRIS which will track HIV prevention and care activities in the community. NASTAD staff in the regional HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Offices in Dire Dawa, Amhara, and Oromia provided technical assistance and participated as trainers during the MRIS trainings in their respective regions.

The information gathered on the non-clinical response through MRIS, coupled with clinical response data, will provide a complete picture of HIV activities in Ethiopia and their impact on the HIV Care Continuum. This information will be used to inform program planning, and will ensure a greater understanding of the overall progress in preventing and treating HIV in Ethiopia.

If you are interested in learning more about how NASTAD Global works to strengthen the HIV Care Continuum in all of the countries where we work, please contact Lucy Slater.

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Gen Meredith, Associate Director, Global Program, NASTAD, and Anna Carroll, Senior Associate, Global Program, NASTAD, also contributed to the development of this post.