Comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and support policies, strategies and guidelines

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Existence of comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and support policies, strategies and guidelines
What it measures

This indicator assesses whether national policies, strategies and guidelines have been developed  for the multiple areas of care and support.


Number of policies, strategies and guidelines developed at the national level


Total number of areas of care and support

Method of measurement

The following methods are recommended:
• Interviews – interviews will be conducted with manager(s) of national AIDS programme and/or other appropriate agencies responsible for policy on HIV/AIDS care.
• Record reviews – all documents will be requested from the relevant sources and the date of publication and revision will be noted.
Policy, strategies and guidelines should cover the following areas:
• Testing and counselling for HIV
• Comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and support strategy
• National drug policy
• National essential drug list
• Antiretroviral combination therapy
• Home-based care
• Preventing the mother-to-child transmission of HIV
• Palliative care
• Postexposure prophylaxis
• Blood safety, including blood transfusion services
• Management and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
• Monitoring and evaluation of care and support
• Clinical HIV/AIDS management, including opportunistic infections
• Support for orphans and vulnerable children
• Universal precautions
• Prophylaxis for tuberculosis
• Legal support for people living with HIV/AIDS

Measurement frequency



Age group:

Education: N/A

Gender: N/A

Geographic location: N/A

Pregnancy status: N/A

Sector: 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

This indicator focuses on measuring the extent to which such policies exist and does not attempt to assess their quality in terms of conforming to international or commonly agreed upon national standards. It also does not assess the distribution or usage at the implementation level.

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