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Table 2 Summary of lessons learned of the first round of the Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Surveys among Key and Priority Populations in Mozambique, 2011–2014

From: Recognizing the hidden: strengthening the HIV surveillance system among key and priority populations in Mozambique

Domain Summary of lessons learned
Coordination & Collaboration • Government stewardship of survey implementation has affirmed alignment with national strategic priorities
• Multisectoral collaboration enhanced ownership of survey results
• Collaboration with multilateral, bilateral and research entities ensured alignment with global guidance and the use of the innovative methodological approaches
• Experience of multisectoral collaboration was leveraged for policy development
Workforce Development and Institutional Capacity Building • Twining model and mentorship gradually increased local capacity for survey implementation
• Health informatics integrated into surveillance team to improve database development, mobile data collection tools, data visualization and survey implementation monitoring
• Formalized data management practices and structures to ensure data access and use
Data use and Dissemination • Increased participation in national and international conferences
• Data used for global reporting and national strategic planning
• Use of data by studies to for academic research (bachelor, master and PhD)
• Creation of Scientific Manuscript Advisory Panel to ensure scientific integrity
Advocacy and Policy Impact • Strategic information produced to monitor the HIV response
• Development of Strategic Guidelines and Policy Documents.
Financial Sustainability • Need to diversify funding sources to address high dependence on international donor organizations
• Flexible procurement and hiring mechanisms are required to implement surveys through government system
Community Impact • Enhanced visibility of KP
• KP ownership of the data for advocacy purposes
• Essential role of KP organizations as collaborators in the HIV response
• Capacity building of KP organizations has provided opportunities for additional funding opportunities and technical collaborations