Global funding for HIV/AIDS has increased dramatically during the past decade. Three global HIV/AIDS initiatives (GHIs) are together contributing most of the direct external funding to scaling up HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care: the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the World Bank’s HIV/AIDS programmes including the Multi-country AIDS Programme (MAP).

The Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives Network (GHIN) is led by Professor Ruairi Brugha of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and by Professor Gill Walt of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). GHIN activities are coordinated by Neil Spicer (LSHTM), Aisling Walsh (RCSI), Regien Biesma (RCSI), Carlos Bruen (RCSI) and Andrew Harmer (LSHTM).

GHIN comprises researchers in 22 countries who are exploring the effects of these Global Health Initiatives on existing health systems. GHIN is focusing on collecting evidence of these effects from regions, facilities and services, and communities, in order to inform policy development at national and international level.

GHIN adds value to individual country studies by:

  • Promoting comparability through common research protocols and tools
  • Sharing expertise across country study teams and building research capacity
  • Generating multi-country comparisons and context-specific policy lessons
  • Coordinating dissemination of findings and recommendations and streamlining communication with global stakeholders

The Network facilitates comparable work on a number of key research themes and the synthesis of findings around them: Sub-national scale-up; Health systems capacity; Equitable access.

Sponsored by DFID, Danida, Irish Aid