Number of adults and children with HIV enrolled in HIV care

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Number of adults and children with HIV enrolled in HIV care
What it measures

This indicator measures enrolment in HIV care related to timely initiation and monitoring of ART for adults and children and other population groups.

Rationale

HIV care is a lifelong care that helps to identify when to start ART, monitor treatment success and address other patient health needs, thus contributing to reduction of mortality among PLHIV.

Numerator

Number of adults and children with HIV/AIDS seen at the HIV clinic at least once (one or more times) during the reporting year.

Denominator

Not applicable.
Although not required for the purposes of this indicator the denominator may be gauged by using the cumulative number of people diagnosed with HIV and registered in the HIV/AIDS surveillance register who were still alive (if available) at the end of the reporting period.

Calculation
Method of measurement

The numerator is calculated from national programme records aggregated from health care facility registers.

Disaggregation: By sex, age (

Data quality control and notes for the reporting tool:
Double reporting: There is a risk for double-counting if facilities register the number of visits rather than persons or if PLHIV receive HIV care in several different facilities during the reporting period. The bias can be minimized if health care facilities recruiting PLHIV for HIV care would ask about previous care and place and inform.

Measurement frequency
Disaggregation

Age group: (greater than) 14 years

Gender: Male, Female

Explanation of the numerator
Explanation of the denominator
Strengths and weaknesses

Timely enrolment into HIV care (shortly after acquiring infection) allows timely initiation and subsequent monitoring of ART and management of other co-morbidities and conditions that contribute to the mortality among PLHIV, in
particular, drug-dependence, TB, viral hepatitis B and C. Enrolment into HIV care is therefore an important part of HIV management and should expand as needed to all population groups in need of care to meet universal access targets.

This indicator can further serve as the denominator for other indicators, such as the number of people receiving and needing ART and patients co-infected with TB or viral hepatitis who need screening, treatment and care for their condition.

Data utilization: Look at trends over time. Although disaggregation is not required for this indicator, disaggregated data,by geographical areas in the country (if available), is useful for internal analysis of enrolment into HIV care among diagnosed and registered PLHIV.

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