Prioritizing the HIV Response: A multi-criteria decision analysis

Ali Safarnejad, UNU-MERIT

As the political and financial will to end the AIDS epidemic wanes, it is critically important to consider how to rationally use the diminishing resources to reduce HIV infections, AIDS related deaths, and stigma and discrimination toward key affected people. This thesis considers the appropriateness and applicability of the multi-criteria decision analysis framework for prioritizing the HIV response. The relevant criteria for prioritization are explored and the availability and use of evidence for planning and policy are studied. The research identifies the relative importance of criteria for prioritization and highlights the utility and feasibility of multi-stakeholder participation in decision-making for prioritizing the HIV response in the context of a lower middle-income country with a concentrated HIV epidemic, Viet Nam.

About the speaker

Ali Safarnejad is currently a Senior Strategic Information Adviser for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Viet Nam. In this capacity he is responsible for providing technical advisory support to the Viet Nam Ministry of Health in monitoring and evaluation of the epidemic and response, introducing catalytic innovations in surveillance, and providing the strategic information needed to mount an effective response to the HIV epidemic.  His career with the United Nations started in 2001 when he joined the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy, where he worked on information systems to monitor global food security and early warning systems. He holds a BS from the A. James Clark School of Engineering and an MS from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, both at the University of Maryland, and another MS from the School of Law at Tulane University.

Venue: Room 1169, Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Date: 23 November 2017

Time: 16:00 - 17:30ย ย CET