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Measuring HIV Programs' Impacts Will Improve Return on Investment, "Drive Better Performance"

March 15, 2013

Noting that Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in his annual letter "argued that it is essential to carefully measure progress in innovation and global health," Stefano Bertozzi, director of HIV at the Gates Foundation, writes in a SciDev.Net opinion piece, "This is because while measuring the quantity of interventions is important, we also need to determine which interventions -- and which approaches to them -- create the greatest long-term impact." For example, "[i]nstead of just counting the numbers of individuals beginning treatment, we need to evaluate treatment centers by how many people are successfully retained in care and consistently take their medications," he writes, adding, "An even stronger approach would be to monitor whether HIV replication is suppressed in each patient."

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