An analysis by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researchers finds general room for improvement in the technical efficiency of HIV services, amid some signs that cost reductions are starting to be achieved. Anna Vassall, Michelle Remme, and Mariana Siapka — LSHTM researchers and members of the RethinkHIV consortium — worked with Claudia B Maier and Karl L Dehne of UNAIDS on this UNAIDS-funded review, to synthesise the data available on costs, efficiency and economies of scale for the six basic programmatic activities of the UNAIDS...read full post
RethinkHIV researcher and Post-Doctoral Fellow in Economics at the University of Oxford, Olivier Sterck, has written a blog for the Centre for the Study of African Economies about mobile use in Africa. The blog, Mobile Technologies in Africa, based on a panel presentation at the CSAE annual conference, is worth reading in full. Olivier presents these two images (from the GSM Association via Isaac Mbiti’s CSAE presentation), which speak volumes: The left-hand image shows GSM coverage in 1999, while the...read full post
RethinkHIV is a consortium of senior researchers from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London, Harvard School of Public Health, Centre for the Study of African Economies and Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.
The consortium will evaluate new evidence related to the costs, benefits, effects, fiscal implications, and developmental impacts of HIV interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, in order to maximise contributions to the fight against HIV there.
The aim of RethinkHIV is to find ways of creating, optimising, and sustaining fiscal space for domestic HIV investment, as well as exploring long-term, sustainable national and international financing mechanisms. RethinkHIV is funded by RUSH Foundation.