Discussions both within and outside of Zambia indicate routinely-collected data from the HIV services implementation is being collected. These data cover care and treatment programs, PMTCT, and HIV testing and counseling services. There has been little analysis of the data, to demonstrate the impact of the programs on the lives of people living with HIV. Part of the difficulty comes from issues around the access to the data, but there is also a great need for training in the types of analyses that can be carried out on such data. The SEARCH project is focusing on:
- Building links between academic institutions including the University of Zambia (UNZA), the Ministry of Health (MoH), and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MoCDMCH)
- Developing analysis tools for use with the HIV service data that is available in Zambia
- Training three fellows to spearhead the analysis of HIV service data in Zambia
- Providing funds for the three fellows to complete their PhD studies based on the analysis and research questions obtained from the HIV service data.