Do we know enough about HIV/AIDS interventions?

What we know and don’t know about HIV/AIDS intervention effectiveness: A systematic review evidence gap map

Speaker: Martina Vojtkova, Research Associate, Systematic Reviews Programme, 3ie
Date: 2 December, 12-1pm
Venue: Upper Meeting Room, London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square

Despite recent successes in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a lot more needs to be done to ‘get to zero’: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. A lot of our knowledge of what works today draws mostly on what has been shown to work in clinical trials in ideal conditions. Meanwhile, there is a growing evidence base on how well different interventions work when implemented and scaled up in real world settings.

In an attempt to bridge this gap in our knowledge of what works, 3ie produced a Systematic review gap map of HIV/AIDS programme effectiveness. The HIV gap map is a thematic evidence collection of 53 completed and ongoing systematic reviews of interventions to prevent or address HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries.

A popular tool with policymakers and practitioners, the gap map enables decision-makers to explore the findings and quality of existing systematic review evidence and facilitate informed judgement and evidence-based decision-making. It also identifies key 'gaps' where little or no evidence from systematic reviews is available and where future research should be focused.

This seminar will present systematic review gap map as a graphical tool for researchers and decision-makers and the findings of an analysis drawing on evidence from the gap map.

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