Priorities for Local Aids Control Efforts (PLACE)

(Developed in conjunction with MEASURE Evaluation)

PLACE is a rapid assessment tool to monitor and improve AIDS prevention program coverage in areas where HIV transmission is most likely to occur. It is designed to target resources at high risk areas to prevent new HIV and TB infections.

It systematically identifies gaps in current prevention programs, enhances the local use of these findings to improve program delivery, and monitors program coverage over time. The PLACE findings are used to inform several AIDS control activities and also focus on monitoring behaviour and program coverage. It includes condom distribution, peer health education, access to HIV counselling and testing, treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), harm reduction programs for injecting drug users, and tuberculosis control.

The PLACE survey enables the implementing team to describe knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices (KABPs); including sexual behaviour and condom use of youth and older people at the identified sites and facilitate the development of education and communication strategies and HCT. The strategies are specifically aimed at promoting positive behaviours towards identified norms; especially stigma and discrimination of children and people living with HIV and infected with TB; and lead to increased HIV testing, treatment adherence and TB testing and cure. Results by both SPF and Measure Evaluation have shown significant reductions in new and regular sexual partners, increased condom use and reduced sexually transmitted infections in a number of countries where the programme has been implemented.