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We were fortunate to be able to use this analysis for making the key decision regarding funding distribution between programs targeting the different key affected populations and strengthening the interventions that will be more effective for prevention and control of the HIV epidemic in Georgia. Ketevan Stvilia, HIV program manager – National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia

Several countries have used Optima analyses to inform their national HIV strategies or to develop concept notes for the Global Fund. Optima is also used in supporting the World Bank with their in-country HIV allocative efficiency analyses.

Optima HIV has been applied in over 50 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Asia & the Pacific, Middle East & North Africa, and Latin America & the Carribean, with many studies resulting in shifts in policy or programmatic emphases. Below is a sample case study from the application of Optima HIV in Sudan.

Case study: Sudan

In Sudan, the Optima analysis recommended the country increase the focus of its HIV response to antiretroviral therapy and prevention for key populations including female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men.

With the same amount of money, this strategic shift in investment is projected to reduce incidence by 37% by 2020. In addition, 3,200 new HIV infections and 1,100 deaths will be averted between 2015 and 2017. If the more strategic allocations are maintained up to 2030, they would avert 49,000 new infections and 14,000 deaths.

When budgets were assigned for 2015-2017, despite the fact that the total amount of funding was less than current levels, more funding was available for these key programs, which led to a predicted reduction in total new infections.

For further details of these country analysis or examples of other country analysis see Optima Publications.