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Strategic Information Management Unit (SIMU)

     

 

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

Goal                  

  • To develop strong monitoring & evaluation system to track trends & risk factors, driving HIV epidemic
  • To strengthen evidence based action plan
  • Data sharing with all programme officers at regular interval 

Objectives

  • Development of robust and responsive system of collecting and analyzing data.
  • To understand the magnitude and trajectory of  HIV epidemic
  • Tracking the performance of the programs. 

Strategy

  • To develop one State level Monitoring & Evaluation system (SIMU)
  • One State AIDS Control Society  Unit as coordinating authority
  • One HIV/AIDS action framework that provides the basis for coordinating the work of all partners
  • Maintenance of state level database through CMIS
  • Capacity building and review of all components under NACP – III
  • Yearly, Monthly and Quarterly trend analysis for all components
  • Decentralization of M&E Plan at District level
  • Capacity building at the district level reporting units 

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