The potential contribution of small-scale intervention projects in the field to the national health information system for HIV and sexually transmitted infections: a case study of a multilevel intervention in Guatemala

Int J Public Health. 2010 Dec;55(6):693-9. doi: 10.1007/s00038-010-0179-7. Epub 2010 Aug 12.


Objective: Guatemala's efforts to fight sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS are compromised by the lack of timely and accurate data. The strengthening of the national Monitoring and Evaluation system is key for a better understanding of the epidemics and the formulation of effective public health responses. This study assessed how health service providers in resource-poor countries can contribute indicators to national health authorities.

Methods: Review of data sources produced by projects of a NGO harmonizing the identified indicators with national and international standards. During a field visit, they were validated with key stakeholders.

Results: Study results are 19 original and 13 harmonized indicators.

Conclusions: Findings suggest that small-scale projects can contribute to the strengthening of national health information systems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Consumer Health Information / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Guatemala
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Personnel
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Organizations
  • Professional Role
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Young Adult