Economics Reference Group - Eighth Meeting
The eighth meeting of the ERG was held in Geneva on 7 and 8 March 2011. The meeting focused on the issue of efficiency and effectiveness of the global AIDS response and was divided into three sessions. The first session was used as a forum for donors like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PEPFAR and the Global Fund to present their work on the topic and seek feedback from participants. The second technical session included evidence on the comparative efficiency of different national HIV/AIDS programmes and a review of available HIV-related costs and cost drivers among other issues. The final part of the meeting looked at questions of allocative efficiency and included discussions on a number of modeling exercises relating to resource allocation and the economic impact of HIV and ARTs on a mining workforce.
Some of the work presented at the meeting was UNAIDS/World Bank funded. Along with the fruitful discussions that it spurred, this research will be used to inform policy-makers within these two organisations on recommended directions, both programmatic and financial, of current and future HIV/AIDS programmes and policies. Attendance of the meeting was striking, as was the support demonstrated by high-level figures like UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, who briefly joined the meeting to emphasise the increasing relevance of the Economics Reference Group for the HIV/AIDS community.
- Stefano Bertozzi and Damian Walker: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Initiative on Efficiency and Effectiveness (E2).
- Charles Holmes: Improving the Efficiency and Impact of PEPFAR's Programmes and the Global AIDS Response.
- Eline Korenromp and Daniel Low-Beer: The Global Fund: Value for Money and Investing for Greater Impact.
- Wu Zeng and Donald Shepard: Global Evidence of Comparative Efficiency: Performance of National HIV/AIDS Programmes.
- Sergio Bautista-Arredondo: Impact Evaluation of Performance-Based Financing for HIV/AIDS Services in Rwanda: Results from HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) Services.
- Lori Bollinger: Review of Available ART Costs, Major Cost Drivers and Potential Efficiency Gains.
- Mead Over: Measuring and Explaining the Efficiency of ART Delivery: Some Initial Observations.
- Till Barninghausen and Salal Humair: Findings on Resource Allocation Model for HIV Prevention and Treatment. (pending)
- Susan Cleary: Access Barriers to ART in South Africa.
- Peter Vickerman: Modelling the Economic Impact of HIV And ART on a Mining Workforce in South Africa (pending)
- Anna Vassall: Efficiency Gains from Integration of HIV-Related Services.
- Marelize Gorgens: HIV Program Efficiency: What We Know, Don't Know and Still Need to Learn.