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Due to limited financial resources for implementing comprehensive HIV prevention programmes, epidemiologists, geospatial analysts, modellers and health economists have been exploring cost-effective ways to optimize the planning of HIV services and the allocation of resources. Researchers have developed methodologies to address several critical tasks: (i) to identify high-priority regions/districts for the intensified roll-out of prevention and treatment interventions, (ii) to generate sub-provincial epidemiological maps of transmission hotspots and existing HIV (and TB) services and infrastructure, and (iii) to assist in the planning of and budgeting for public sector HIV programmes that will enable  a comparison of service coverage and performance at the district level.

The session brings together experts who have employed geospatial epidemiological tools to improve HIV programming in different country settings. The session is targeted towards epidemiologists, modellers, surveillance researchers, programme planners and policy makers. Participants will understand various geospatial analytic approaches to targeted health planning.

11:00
THSY0501
Introduction
Thomas Rehle, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
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11:05
THSY0502
New spatially-specific HIV estimates for South Africa
Samir Bhatt, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
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11:17
THSY0503
The direct programme impacts of publicly available tools to visualize spatial patterns in HIV infection in the United States: the AIDSVu experience
Travis Sanchez, Emory University, United States
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11:29
THSY0504
Application of geospatial analyses to reveal targets for intervention: results from a population-based cohort in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Frank Tanser, Africa Centre, South Africa
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11:41
THSY0505
Optimising resource allocation within and between countries for greater reduction in HIV incidence across sub-Saharan Africa
Jessica McGillen, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
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11:53
THSY0506
Contribution of geospatial analysis in understanding the challenge of HIV: results from a South African national HIV prevalence, incidence, behaviour and communication survey
Njeri Wabiri, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
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12:05
THSY0507
Moderated discussion

12:25
THSY0508
Conclusion