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Quality control: Monitoring the effectiveness of responses


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Since the HIV epidemic and the state of research are constantly changing, measures to contain the epidemic must also be continuously updated. The fact that many de­vel­op­ing coun­tries have no infra­structure for recording medical data, diseases and deaths is, however, problematical. In order to keep the effort and expense involved in collecting data to a minimum, the relevant data are now being standardised and coordinated at inter­national level.

German devel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion applies the guide­lines set out in the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS): Donors integrate into the partner country’s national data collection and reporting and do not engage in any additional effort in that regard. This is known as the "Three Ones" principle: one agreed standard action frame­work, one national coordinating authority and one agreed country-level monitoring and evaluation system.

All German programmes in the field of HIV and AIDS are thus regularly reviewed to see whether they achieve their goals. The measures are then adapted in line with the conclusions drawn in the review. In addition, some measures are assessed by independent bodies.

Along with reviewing individual projects, key elements of this quality control include regular conferences of the involved actors and intensive inter­national coordination when it comes to de­vel­op­ing future strategies.

German devel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion supports its partners in improving their systems for reviewing progress made on containing the HIV epidemic. It also promotes knowledge transfer so that others can benefit from experience gained and know-how can be made available to all.

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