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Table 1 Formalisation and organisation of behavioural and second generation systems in countries reporting behavioural surveillance (n = 16).

From: Mapping HIV/STI behavioural surveillance in Europe

  Behavioural surveillance system Second generation system
  Formalisation in documents Organisation Existing Formal Management/coordination body and functioning
Belgium No Informal, mix of national and regional repeated or small scale one/off studies No - -
Cyprus HIV/AIDS strategic plan No management/coordination body Yes, partly Yes Information from BS and biological systems is analysed and interpreted informally by program officials. A recent report on period 1986-2007 has been produced
Denmark No Surveillance only in MSM No   
Estonia M&E system, national AIDS strategic plan Coordination by a government agency Yes Yes Separate bodies for behavioural and biological surveillance, coordination by the National Institute for Health Development Agency with centralised production and dissemination of reports
Finland No Under the responsibility of a government agency No - Under the responsibility of the National Public Health Institute
France No No centralized body: various national agencies (surveillance, research, prevention) and other institutions are involved inbehavioural surveillance. Yes No Coordination by the Institut de Veille Sanitaire (InVS). Reports or syntheses of studies are issued periodically
Germany No Informal coordination between the Federal Ministry of Health, a health agency and research institutions Yes, partly No Organised informally by a network of institutions
Latvia Regulation for registration of infectious diseases Under the responsibility of a government agency Yes, for IDU only Yes Under the responsibility of the Public Health Agency
Lithuania National AIDS programme and Resolution on STI surveillance Under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Yes, partly Yes Management by the MOH
Netherlands No No centralised body: cooperation between the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and the HIV/STIs Agency Yes, partly Yes Cooperation within a network of institutions; reports are issued regularly
Poland National programs on AIDS and on addictions No centralized coordination, collaboration between agencies Yes partly Yes Information comes from different sources, and is sometimes, but not routinely, used to interpret the epidemiological situation. Reports are published on the government site
Slovenia Institute of Public Health internal protocols Under the responsibility of the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia Yes Yes Institute of Public Health is responsible for the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of SGS information to many audiences (MOH, media, professionals, population)
Spain HIV multisectoral plan Under the responsibility of the Secretariat of the National Plan on AIDS, Ministry of Health Yes Yes The Secretariat of the National Plan on AIDS collects and publishes available information
Sweden No Under the responsibility of a government agency of the National Board for Health and Welfare Yes, for general population - Collaboration within a network of institutions; summary reports are produced by the National Board of Health and Welfare for the government, and then sent to all health authorities in the country
Switzerland National AIDS program, protocols Under the responsibility of the University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine and financed by the Federal Office of Public Health Yes Yes Coordination is assumed by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). All information pertaining to SGS is presented and discussed in a special working group-including FOPH, non-governmental organisations, partners from biological and behavioural surveillance. Reports are issued periodically
UK Scientific article No centralized body. Data produced by a network of agencies. Yes, partly Yes No central coordination and dissemination of data; this is left to individual institutions and/or research groups to synthesise and publish
  1. Mapping of HIV/STI behavioural surveillance in Europe, 2008.