Since 2008, our Global Strategic Information (GSI) group has worked with local stakeholders in Ghana to build capacity in data collection and data use to improve HIV/AIDS care and treatment and reduce HIV transmission. GSI’s partners in Ghana include the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), the University of Ghana School of Public Health, the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) and the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA).
Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance Surveys
The Global Strategic Information group assisted the Centers for Disease Control, Ghana CDC Ghana) and the Ghana AIDS Commission with its first integrated biological and behavioral surveillance survey (IBBSS) among men who have sex with men, which improved understanding of the disease burden and service needs of this high risk group.
Bio-Behavioral Mixed Methods Surveys
GSI provides technical assistance to the CDC Ghana and local partners in conducting mixed-methods surveys among key populations at risk for HIV, such as kayayoo (female porters) and people who inject drugs. Findings from these studies are used to strengthen HIV surveillance and expand understanding of epidemiologic trends and the disease burden in Ghana.
Population Size Estimation
GSI is assisting CDC Ghana in improving population size estimates among key populations at risk for HIV, which will improve targeting of prevention, testing and treatment services.
Data Driven Science
National HIV and AIDS Data Triangulation
GSI collaborated with the CDC Ghana and the Ghana AIDS Commission on data triangulation activities to answer key questions about the status of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Training and Education
Building Capacity in the Development, Submission and Review of Scientific Manuscripts
GSI coordinates a Scientific and Manuscript Preparation Workshop to build capacity among local partners in manuscript writing and submission and the peer review process. These workshops also facilitate the widespread dissemination of research on epidemiologic trends identified through routine surveillance activities in Ghana.