Models for Program Planning Reference Group

Screenshot of Table summarising HIV Program Planning Tools

Overview of HIV Program Planning Tools Presented at the London 2016 Meeting

Following the workshop to review allocative efficiency tools in Vancouver 2015, the HIVMC had been approached by the modelling groups involved, and other parties, to expand the work and constitute a reference group that would create a forum in which current methods and modelling can be discussed and reviewed, with the aim to strengthen the whole field and the tools available to countries. The aim of this group, known as as the Models for Program Planning (MPP) Reference Group, is to improve the development of modelling tools to aid informed decision-making by program planners and policy-makers.



The MPP Reference Group hold two general meetings a year, organised by the Secretariat, to provide opportunities for the model developers to present an overview of each of their tools and compare their different approaches with regards to the session topics, and ultimately,  increase the HIV modelling community’s understanding of the different models and encourage collaborative discussions, to improve the development of their tools for program planners. In addition to the modelling developers,  meeting participants also include program planners, epidemiologists and behavioural scientists, to be able to address a wide range of perspectives from different stake-holders. In addition to the Secretariat, the Key Partners and major model developers, other participants working within the field are welcome to contribute to the MPP Reference Group, which includes a large number of ad hoc members who may participate on a meeting-by-meeting basis and contribute with their particular expertise.


First Meeting Summary

The first official assembly of the MPP Reference Group was held on Tuesday 12th- Wednesday 13th July in London, UK. This purpose of this meeting was to review the characteristics of a variety of HIV intervention models, including the three used routinely in program planning and other relevant academic models. The model characteristics examined in this meeting in particular included the representation and incorporation of sexual risk behaviour and behaviour change interventions, of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and care cascade interventions, and of epidemiological parameters. An update of the Malawi Workshop by University of York on value of using modelling and health economics to support resource allocation decisions which was held in June 2016 was also presented at the meeting. A total of 45 participants attended the meeting, comprised of modelling developers (9 models were represented), program planners, epidemiologists and behavioural scientists, resulting in dynamic discussions ranging from comparison of modelling structures to recommendations on ways to improve modelling approaches for program planners and decision-makers.

A meeting report providing an overview of the different models and their characteristics, and summaries of the major discussion points and recommendations, is available to download.

Plans for the second meeting are currently underway. 


Last updated: 23rd November 2016

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