Health Research and Policy

Research in Progress Seminar (RIP)

Date: October 30, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: CHP/PCOR Conference Room
117 Encina Commons
Speaker: Professor Margaret Brandeau
Department of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford
Title: Allocating Disease Control Funds: Modeling HIV Out of Isolation


Combating and controlling the HIV epidemic is one of eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals and a top priority for governments around the world, but available HIV control funds fall far short of the estimated need. Thus, efficient allocation of resources among interventions for preventing and treating HIV is crucial. We describe a planning tool that we developed, in conjunction with UNAIDS, for use by regional and country-level decision makers in evaluating potential allocations of HIV prevention and treatment funds. We present example analyses for three different countries, Uganda, Ukraine, and Thailand. We then outline an approach for solving the broader problem of allocating disease control resources when multiple diseases (e.g., HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria) are considered. Finally, we describe the problem of determining the appropriate balance of investment in specific disease control services versus broader health infrastructure.

Please note: All research in progress seminars are off-the-record. Any information about methodology/press release and/or results are embargoed until publication.
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