Models for Program Planning Reference Group hold their first Meeting in July 2016, London
Following the workshop to review allocative efficiency tools in Vancouver 2015, the HIVMC had been approached by the modelling groups involved, and other parties, to expand the work and constitute a reference group that would create a forum in which current methods and modelling can be discussed and reviewed, with the aim to strengthen the whole field and the tools available to countries. This group was later named as the Models for Program Planning (MPP) Reference Group, currently housed within the HIVMC. The group hold biannuals meetings to improve the development of modelling tools to aid informed decision-making by program planners and policy-makers.
The model characteristics examined in this meeting in particular included the representation and incorporation of sexual risk behaviour and behaviour change interventions, of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and care cascade interventions, and of epidemiological parameters. An update of the Malawi Workshop by University of York on value of using modelling and health economics to support resource allocation decisions which was held in June 2016 was also presented at the meeting. A total of 45 participants attended the meeting, comprised of modelling developers (9 models were represented), program planners, epidemiologists and behavioural scientists, resulting in dynamic discussions ranging from comparison of modelling structures to recommendations on ways to improve modelling approaches for program planners and decision-makers.
Please see the meeting report for further information on the different models and their characteristics, and summaries of the major discussion points and recommendations.
Plans for the second meeting are currently underway.