Assessment of Allocative Efficiency Tools to Support Country HIV Program Planning and Budget Allocation
In this context, mathematical modeling has become a powerful tool to support AE analyses. It is an essential step to assist in the selection process of program interventions that can achieve maximum health impact within a given budget. Today, a wide range of programmatic and AE research tools that use mathematical modeling as the basic analytical tool are available making this a timely opportunity to understand and discuss the different approaches used by the many different available tools.
The HIV Modelling Consortium convened a workshop with the research groups that developed allocative efficiency tools Goals, AIDS Epidemic Model (AEM), and OPTIMA in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday 18 July 2015. The aim of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for developers of AE tools (AEM, Goals, Optima), to discuss and review the technical characteristics of their models, as well as the different approaches taken by models to address specific HIV policy questions. The discussion focused specifically on the technical description of the epidemiological and financial frameworks of each model used, including data requirements, country examples, and limitations of the model.
A meeting report is currently in development and will be made available on the HIV Modelling Consortium website in due course.