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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-32

Quality assurance of annual HIV sentinel surveillance 2006: Experience of regional institute, central zone

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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S Kant
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) identified five regional institutes (RIs) to monitor and supervise the 2006 round of annual HIV sentinel surveillance. The task mandated was quality control of both epidemiological data collection and HIV testing. The team at RI consisted of epidemiologist and microbiologist. We describe here the process of quality control and the quality of surveillance in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkand, and Delhi. The supervisors visited almost 90% of the sentinel sites. Performance of vast majority of the sentinel sites (92%) was satisfactory. The testing laboratories were found to be adhering to standard operating procedures. Concordance rate of test results between testing laboratory and the designated reference laboratory was high. Overall, the quality of sentinel surveillance was good. The lacunae found during the visit have been enumerated along with the recommendations for future surveillance round.

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