Evidence based planning is the key element of halting and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS epidemic in the state under National AIDS Control Program (NACP Phase III). Hence Strategic Information Management Unit (SIMU) is established at Gujarat State AIDS Control Society to maximize effective use of all available data/information and prepare evidence based action plan for effectual implementation of HIV/AIDS Programme in the state. SIMU - GSACS integrates all available sources of data/information and presents logical and rational strategic information useful for decision making. The output from SIMU addresses strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, surveillance and research and assist GSACS in tracking the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the effectiveness of the response as well as assess how well GSACS and its partner organizations are fulfilling their commitment to meet agreed objectives.
Launch of Strategic Information Management System – SIMS on-line Software at Reporting Unit Level
During the execution of NACP-III it was felt that the data from HIV Sentinel Surveillance and Computerized Management Information System (CMIS) are not sensitive enough to detect the emerging hot spots of the epidemic because the data entry is offline. To overcome this National AIDS Control Organization has introduced Strategic Information Management System (SIMS) on-line system at national and state levels to focus on strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation, surveillance and research. It is aimed to provide effective tracking and response to HIV epidemic. This system assigns clear responsibilities to all programme officers and facilitates data flow and feedback at various levels. Also being on-line data entry in SIMS, the data accessibility at each level will increase.
Best Practice in Strategic Information Management Unit
Data flow in SIMS
Publications & Website of GSACS
The SIMU division of GSACS published Annual Reports, CMIS Bulletins & HIV Sentinel Surveillance Reports on regular basis. GSACS has a website www.gsacsonline.org