The percent of districts with at least one operational testing and counselling site

Export Indicator

The percent of districts* with at least one operational** testing and counselling site (excluding testing conducted in TB programmes and PMTCT-related initiatives). The sample is the total number of all the districts in the country (denominator)   *Distr
What it measures

This indicator is important to measure the coverage of testing and counselling services within a country by estimating the number of districts in which this service is available to the general public.

Rationale
Numerator

Number of districts with at least one operational testing and counselling site (excluding TB- and PMTCT-based testing)

Denominator

Total number of districts in the country (see definition)
 

Calculation
Method of measurement

The numerator should include different types of nongovernmental organization or government facilities, depending on the level of involvement of these sectors in providing testing and counselling services.
 
Health facilities that refer clients for the test through a formal or informal agreement with an external network laboratory or testing unit but are responsible for following up the results of the referred clients should be included here. If the facility refers to a site with no expected follow-up, then the facility should not be included in this indicator.
 
 

Measurement frequency

Biennial

Disaggregation

Condom type: N/A

Education: N/A

Gender: N/A

Geographic location: N/A

HIV status: N/A

Pregnancy status: N/A

Sector: N/A

Service Type: N/A

Target: N/A

Time period: N/A

Type of orphan: N/A

Vulnerability status: N/A

Explanation of the numerator
Explanation of the denominator
Strengths and weaknesses

As the intervention becomes more common, this indicator will quickly reach 100 percent because each district will have a site.  Once it reaches all districts it should be measured in relation to the size of the population in the district (for example, T&C site per 100,000 residents). 
 
However, for many countries which are scaling up their efforts and for countries with low or concentrated epidemics this indicator should strive to meet 100 percent. 
 

Further information