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2021 ANNUAL REPORT

Despite ongoing challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic continued, 2021 saw achievements in progress and productivity across several projects with new collaborations and exciting opportunities for studies in key public health areas. The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) continued to expand its research and evaluation projects in South Africa and its neighbouring countries. The Sentinel protocol for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded Alternative Models of ART 

South African HIV Investment Case : 2021 Full report

Since 2016, annual updates of the HIV Investment Case set out to determine the optimal package of HIV interventions in South Africa, with the aim improve allocative efficiency of HIV funding from the three main sources- the South African government, PEPFAR and the Global Fund. The 2021 HIV Investment Case had the following central additions: For the 95% retention scenario in, we included a hypothetical ART retention intervention that aimed at reaching the UNAIDS target of 95% ART coverage. We 

COVID-19 modelling update: Considerations for a potential fourth wave

The South African COVID-19 Modelling Consortium (SACMC), of which a number of HE2ROs are members, has released a new report about the core modelling team’s projections of a potential fourth wave of COVID-19 cases in South Africa. This report takes into account the impact of the vaccination programme, future changes on population behaviour and restriction levels, as well as a potential new variant of concern with immune escape properties. The report is available below. Additionally, the 

COVID-19 modelling update: Considerations for a potential third wave

The South African COVID-19 Modelling Consortium (SACMC), of which a number of HE2ROs are members, has released a new report about the core modelling team's projections of a potential third wave of COVID-19 cases in South Africa. This report takes into account the impact of the Delta variant and the progress of the vaccination programme. The report is available below. Additionally, the day-to-day development in case numbers, hospital admissions and deaths can be tracked on 

The Path From Evidence to Policy Change: Supporting the development of the South African HIV response – Step 1 Identifying the Problem: The HIV Care Cascade

In September 2016, South Africa adopted WHO recommendations to eliminate CD4 thresholds for ART initiation. As part of our commitment to support the South African Government, HE2RO assessed the country-specific implications of these international recommendations. In this step, we show how a team of investigators from HE2RO and Boston University identified shortcomings in the HIV Care Cascade and used country-specific data to inform the local HIV 

2020 ANNUAL REPORT

In 2020, HE2RO continued to expand its research and evaluation projects in South Africa and its neighbouring countries. By the end of the year, HE2RO had 23 grants for research projects and associated studies 

Behavioural interventions and nudges to support HIV care continuity during COVID-19: A guide for programs, policymakers and researchers

The COVID-19 crisis poses new, and compounds existing challenges to ongoing efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in high prevalence countries, where the expansion of HIV services has saved millions of lives and reduced new HIV infections. Behavioural interventions that address the barriers faced by patients and providers can help sustain this progress and further improve HIV prevention and treatment outcomes.This document provides examples of behavioural insights that can be used to address specific 

Estimating cases for COVID-19 in South Africa Long-term national projections Report Update: 6 May 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to share the reports on the projections of the National Covid-19 Epi Model to which a number of HE2ROs have contributed. The long-term national and provincial reports are available here. They will be updated about once a month. Over the last eight weeks, Gesine Meyer-Rath, Lise Jamieson, Brooke Nichols, Jacqui Miot and Kerensa Govender have been working with the National Department of Health (NDoH) and National Treasury to aid decision making 

Estimating cases for COVID-19 in South Africa Long-term provincial projections Report Update: 6 May 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to share the reports on the projections of the National Covid-19 Epi Model to which a number of HE2ROs have contributed. The long-term national and provincial reports are available here. They will be updated about once a month. Over the last eight weeks, Gesine Meyer-Rath, Lise Jamieson, Brooke Nichols, Jacqui Miot and Kerensa Govender have been working with the National Department of Health (NDoH) and National Treasury to aid decision making 

2019 ANNUAL REPORT

In 2019, HE2RO continued to expand its research and evaluation projects in South Africa and neighbouring countries. By the end of the year, HE2RO had 17 grants for research projects and associated studies underway, with 3 of the grants awarded late in the 

Differentiated models of service delivery (DSD) for antiretroviral treatment of HIV in subSaharan Africa: A review of the gray literature as of June 2019 AMBIT Project Report Number 03

To achieve global targets for the treatment and prevention of HIV, most high prevalence countries are working towards scaling up alternative service delivery approaches, or differentiated service delivery (DSD) models. DSD models aim to achieve a number of potential benefits to both providers and patients, including better clinical outcomes, greater patient satisfaction, lower cost, and more efficient and convenient service delivery. To date, most DSD model development and implementation has