PEPFAR: Millions treated, but better info management needed
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Over the past decade, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has saved millions of lives, but a watchdog claims it could help even more if information were managed better.
But how can this be done?
In its latest report, the Government Accountability Office noted what PEPFAR needs to do to become more effective in its operations:
- Complete and timely data could help PEPFAR countries manage costs and plan effective treatment ahead
- Better inventories, record keeping and tracking systems could help supply chains operate more efficiently
- More rigorous evaluation could inform partners on improving their country-led programs
With more efficient information management, countries can better meet the needs of about 23 million people around the world eligible to get antiretroviral treatment from the program.