Project SEARCH (Supporting Evaluation and Research to Combat HIV/AIDS)

Program Description

The Center for Global Health & Development is one of five awardees in Project SEARCH, which is made possible through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The goal of the project is to carry out research and evaluation to improve the coverage, quality, and effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs in developing and resource-poor countries. In addition, it serves to strengthen local capacity in HIV/AIDS research and public health assessments through training and in-country collaborations.

Project SEARCH is used for:

  • Developing and evaluating models of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs
  • Conducting public health evaluations to investigate effectiveness of interventions and translating results into public health guidelines
  • Identifying and disseminating best practices to improve program efficiency and effectiveness
  • Developing national and international standards and indicators for the purpose of program monitoring and evaluation
  • Conducting analyses of clinical, community-level, and population-based epidemiologic, demographic, and surveillance data
  • Testing program implementation models including research on practical applications of new technologies and intervention models in resource-poor settings
  • Carrying out feasibility studies, community-preparedness studies, and policy analyses
  • Developing local capacity in applied research and ethical procedures by increasing technical skills of developing country investigators and providing technical assistance to in-country institutions

The CGHD leads a consortium under Project SEARCH that includes six institutional partners and several dozen individual collaborators around the globe. Our goal is to provide recommendations for policy and programs to maximize the public health benefit of HIV/AIDS programs in developing and resource-poor countries.

CGHD projects administered under Project SEARCH include

  • Operations Research among Key Populations in Ghana. In conjunction with the USAID Mission in Ghana, the CGHD provides technical assistance in conducting operational research among key populations to inform current and future HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Ghana. 

More information about Project SEARCH is available on the USAID website.

Program Details

Principal Investigator Jonathon Simon
Boston University Co-Investigators Malcolm Bryant, Jennifer Beard
Refer to links above for project-specific co-investigators.
  • Health and Development Africa Ltd. (HDA)
  • International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN)
  • PharmAccess Foundation
  • UCLA Program in Global Health
  • University Peruana Cayentano Heredia
  • Wits Health Consortium, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Refer to links above for additional, project-specific collaborators.
Country(ies) Global
Dates of Research 2006–2011