What is a community treatment observatory?
A community treatment observatory is a mechanism that systematically collects data to monitor trends on treatment access along the HIV Cascade to be used for targeted action.
How does it work?
Organized community members – like networks of people living with HIV – are trained to collect data on various aspects of prevention, care, and treatment of HIV.
This can include indicators such as the number of HIV tests conducted or the frequency and duration of stock-outs experienced in a certain time period. This data is collected at set intervals, usually every month or every three months, and entered into a centralized database.
After being collated and checked for quality assurance, the data across all data collection sites is analyzed to inform targeted advocacy efforts. Because data is being collected systematically over time, observatories allow communities to monitor trends.