Proportion of counsellors that are newly trained (last 12 months)

Export Indicator

The proportion of counsellors newly trained in testing and counselling in the last 12 months using nationally recognized training curricula
What it measures

This indicator quantifies the human resources that are trained in HIV testing and counselling and who are available to provide the required services.

Rationale

The resources available to address health needs are important to assess in order to inform planning.  Prior to implementation or to expansion of services, it is vital to know not only the facilities and equipment that are available, but the training and human resources as well.  Only in this way can health systems hope to provide services that meet the needs and are acceptable to the population.
 

Numerator

The number of counsellors newly trained in testing and counselling in the last 12 months using nationally recognized training curricula.

Denominator

The total number of counsellors currently working in facilities that have implemented nationally recognized training curricula.

Calculation
Method of measurement

A review of training records, where available, in each facility that has implemented nationally recognized training curricula can be used to calculate the numerator.  (In some countries, a national, provincial or district training coordinator keeps records of which health workers have been trained in what subjects.) 
 
Alternatively, where these records do not exist, a survey of facilities can be carried out.  A random sample of health care providers in these facilities is asked about any training they have received in T&C. Interviewers should explore what training included (this will vary depending on the type of site).
 
The denominator, the number of counsellors working in facilities that have implemented nationally recognized training curricula, can be obtained from ministry and health facility records.

Measurement frequency

Biennial

Disaggregation

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 only reflects the number of counsellors recently trained.  It does not provide information regarding the duration or quality of the training.

Further information