Evidenced based planning has been identified as backbone of halting and reversing the HIV epidemic under National AIDS Control Program III (NACP III). Accordingly, a Strategic Information Management Unit (SIMU) has been established in the state to maximize effective use of all available information and implement evidence based planning.  SIMU integrates all sources of information and presents logical and rational strategic information useful for decision making.  The output from SIMU addresses strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, surveillance and research and assist GSACS in tracking the epidemic and the effectiveness of the response as well as assess how well GSACS and its partner organizations are fulfilling their commitment to meet agreed objectives.
SIMU Operational Framework

Best Practice in Strategic Information Management Unit

  • To develop strong monitoring & evaluation system to track trends & risk factors, driving HIV epidemic
  • To strengthen evidence based action plan
  • Data sharing with all programme officers at regular interval
  • To develop one State level Monitoring & Evaluation system (SIMU)
  • One State AIDS Control Society Unit as coordinating authority
  • One HIV/AIDS action framework that provides the basis for coordinating the work of all partners
  • Maintenance of state level database through CMIS
  • Capacity building and review of all components under NACP – III
  • Publications of Annual Report, Quarterly Report, HIV Sentinel Surveillance Report and CMIS bulletin
  • Yearly, Monthly and Quarterly trend analysis for all components
  • Decentralization of M&E Plan at District level
  • To assist and prepare HIV-AIDS action framework for the financial years
  • Capacity building at the district level reporting units
Launch of Strategic Information Management System – SIMS on-line Software at Reporting Unit Level

During the execution of NACP-III it was felt that the data from HIV Sentinel Surveillance and Computerized Management Information System (CMIS) are not sensitive enough to detect the emerging hot spots of the epidemic because the data entry is offline. To overcome this National AIDS Control Organization has introduced Strategic Information Management System (SIMS) on-line system at national and state levels to focus on strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation, surveillance and research. It is aimed to provide effective tracking and response to HIV epidemic. This system assigns clear responsibilities to all programme officers and facilitates data flow and feedback at various levels. Also being on-line data entry in SIMS, the data accessibility at each level will increase.