Number of service outlets providing counseling and testing according to national or international standards

Export Indicator

 A service outlet refers to the lowest level of service. For example, with regard to clinical activities, the lowest level for which data exists should be a service outlet such as a health center, hospital, clinic, stand alone VCT center, or mobile unit.
What it measures

This indicator provides a gross count of the number of locations which provide basic counseling and testing for HIV. It provides a rough sense of the change in the capacity within a country to provide counseling and testing services. If there is a plan to expand the number of service outlets, this measure will track the progress of meeting that goal.


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Method of measurement

Outlets which provide both HIV counseling and testing, except those involved in PMTCT.

Measurement frequency



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Explanation of the numerator
Explanation of the denominator
Strengths and weaknesses

This is purely an output measure. It provides no sense of the geographical spread of CT services, nor any relationship to the percentage of the population which is reached by the service outlet. This indicator does not consider the quality of service provision, which would require more in depth evaluation efforts like facility surveys. This is not a complete measure of coverage, as there is no denominator of total facilities. This does not account for non-USG supported service outlets

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