Community Treatment Observatories

ITPC has been monitoring the scale up and quality of HIV treatment in different countries around the world over the last decade. Through this work, we’ve refined a model for community-led monitoring known as a community treatment observatory (CTO).

Pioneered by ITPC, a CTO is a mechanism that systematically collects data to monitor trends on treatment access along the HIV Cascade to be used for targeted action. Monitoring of health systems by communities increases government accountability and informs targeted advocacy actions that can improve HIV treatment, particularly for key populations.

Most recently, ITPC has been implementing the Regional Community Treatment Observatory in West Africa (RCTO-WA), a project led by ITPC Global and ITPC West Africa, and including partners in 11 West African countries. Funded by the Global Fund, the three-year project is empowering networks of people living with HIV to systematically collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on barriers to access. The goal is to increase access to treatment in 11 West African countries: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Our full-length Data For A Difference report outlines key findings, analysis and advocacy opportunities from the RCTO-WA: http://itpcglobal.org/resource/data-for-a-difference

This four-page Fact Sheet highlights significant gaps in the HIV care continuum across the eleven countries: http://itpcglobal.org/resource/rcto-wa-fact-sheet/

Originally presented at IAS 2019 in Mexico, this poster highlights a range of key findings from the RCTO-WA Project: http://itpcglobal.org/resource/understanding-gaps-in-the-hiv-treatment-cascade-in-11-west-african-countries/

ITPC regional networks have organized observatories in Latin America, and West, Central, and East Africa.

Learn more about CTOs in our comprehensive guide: The CTO Model Explained. Available in English and French.