Targeting the right interventions to the right people and places: the role of geospatial analysis in HIV program planning

By  Dr Gesine Meyer-Rath  Jessica B McGillen, Diego F Cuadros, Timothy B Hallett, Samir Bhatt, Njeri Wabiri, Frank Tanser and Thomas Rehle  |  | 

In the current era of of falling donor support and with governments of low-income countries needing to balance many spending priorities, it is vital to maximise the impact and efficiency of the AIDS response. National and international stakeholders have increasingly supported geospatial targeting of resources as a means to accomplish this, and the challenge for program designers has become how best to link the ‘who’ and ‘where’ with the ‘what’ and ‘when’. However, a key question is whether geospatial efforts ultimately translate into more effective interventions to reduce HIV incidence. We contend here that geospatial analysis has indeed delivered some successes thus far, but that the gap between academic studies and the needs of policy-setters must be narrowed if its full potential is to be realised.

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