The Duke Funding Alert newsletter, published every Monday, provides information on all new and updated grants and fellowships added to the database during the prior week. This listserv is restricted to members of the Duke community.
Behavioral and Biological Surveillance of HIV among Key Populations to Improve HIV-related Services and Utilization in Zambia under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
In order to achieve epidemic control in Zambia by 2020, the development of an integrated bio-behavioral surveillance system (IBBSS) among key populations (KP) and priority populations will provide critical information for policy and strategy development. While findings from geographically-limited targeted mapping and size estimations have guided PEPFAR Zambia in the size and location of such at-risk populations, robust HIV and STI prevalence estimates and behavioral data are still needed. The purpose of a national IBBSS for KPs is to monitor the HIV epidemic, to detect changes over time in HIV-risk behaviors and HIV prevalence among populations at high risk for HIV infection and to inform and evaluate HIV prevention activities. Through the development of an IBBSS, surveillance activities will allow for improved estimations of size populations and the monitoring of HIV/STI prevalence, HIV incidence, other biomarkers as determined by formative research (syphilis, HSV-2), and key characteristics and behaviors that place KPs at risk of acquiring HIV. IBBSS will establish a surveillance system that assesses each KP once every three years. As these outcomes are achieved, the expertise needed in Zambia to conduct bio-behavioral surveillance will be strengthened. Periodic dissemination of surveillance findings will provide needed information for KP HIV prevention, care and treatment interventions in alignment with the WHO/UNAIDS/PEPFAR and other relevant bodies.
Deadline: Oct. 18, 2016