Dr. Ali Safarnejad

Prioritizing the HIV Response A multi-criteria decision analysis

Year: 2017

Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova


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.

Selected publications by Ali Safarnejad

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Safarnejad, Ali, Wim Groot & Milena Pavlova, 2018, `Study design and the estimation of the size of key populations at risk of HIV: Lessons from Viet Nam, BMC International Health and Human Rights, 18, More information
Laar, Mindel van de & Ali Safarnejad, 2017, `Leave no one behind, Dual Focus Blog, More information
Safarnejad, Ali & J.A. Izazola-Licea, 2017, `Direct and indirect effects of enablers on HIV testing, initiation and retention in antiretroviral treatment and AIDS related mortality, PLoS ONE, 12, More information
Safarnejad, Ali, T.N. Nga & V.H. Son, 2017, `Population Size Estimation of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Ho Chi Minh City and Nghe , Journal of Urban Health, 94, More information
Safarnejad, Ali, Milena Pavlova, V.H. Son, H.L. Phuong & Wim Groot, 2017, `Criteria for prioritization of HIV programs in Viet Nam, BMC Health Services Research, 17, More information
Safarnejad, Ali, 2006, `Easy as XML: a new way to communicate georeferenced indicator data, Geo-world Magazine, 19
Safarnejad, Ali, 2006, `A Global Indicator Information System, Directions Magazine, More information

Conference contributions
Erkkola, T., Ali Safarnejad, P. Ongpin, l. Frescura, C Aran, T. Alfven, M. Sabin & S. Panakadan, 2012, Focusing on effective use of AIDS data: AIDSinfo, Abstract no. TUPE666. Poster session presented at: 19th International AIDS Conference. Washington, D.C., 22-27 July 2012

Safarnejad, Ali, 2017, Prioritizing the HIV Response A multi-criteria decision analysis, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University, More information