NATIONAL PROJECTS

Completed Projects

National Consultancy for in-depth review and gap analysis and developing recommendations for national surveillance system for HIV/AIDS program in line with WHO standards and new guideline, 2015
The HIVHUB is expected to review and analyze current surveillance system of national HIV/AIDS program in the country and its performance regarding current national control program and strategies and expected output and outcomes in national and international level. Results of this project will advise on gaps and was of improvement of the current surveillance system. This project is supported by WHO.

Scaling up HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs towards Universal Access with Increasing the Partnership of Non-Government Sector to Support Iran’s Response in Controlling the Growth of HIV Prevalence and Incidence” (HIV/AIDS/Round8 phase 2 IRN/810/G04/H) – On-Site Data Verification, 2014-15
In line with HIV/AIDS Round 8 project work-plan and HIV/AIDS national strategic plan, the CDC and CCM intend to engage the services of an organization/firm to help strengthen their monitoring role through systematic and continuous monitoring of the performance of the above-mentioned project. This project has been financially supported by the grants of UNDP.

Third National Bio-Behavioural Surveillance Survey in PWIDs, 2014-2015
The project is the third round of Bio-Behavioural Surveillance Survey among injecting drug users in Iran and is funded by the Global Fund under the HIV/AIDS – Round 8 project and is supported by the Ministry of Health.

Estimation of size of alcohol and drug users, HIV positive cases, and Most at Risk populations for HIV in Iran in 2014
The aim of this study was to estimate the size of hidden groups and the groups at high risk of HIV/AIDS (i.e. opium users, unknown drug users, ecstasy users, alcohol users, PWIDs, FSWs, males who have extra-marital sex with females, male who have sex with female sex workers, men who have sex with other men (MSM)). This study is funded by the MOHME.

Evaluating effectiveness of needle and syringe program on needle sharing and HIV transmission among people who inject drug (PWID) in Kermanshah, Iran: a genetic biomarker study, 2014
The objective of this study is to estimate the impact of needle and syringe programs (NSPs) on HIV incidence in PWID in Kermanshah, Iran, based on a genetic biomarker study in 2014. This project is funded by SAPTO, MeHSHAD and MOHME.

Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of students toward sexually transmitted infections in 5 non-medical universities of Iran, 2014
The aim of this project was to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of students toward STIs in 5 different non-medical universities. MOHME supported this project.

Situation Analysis and Systematic Review of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice toward Sexually Transmitted Infections in Iran, 2014
This project was designed to review all available documentation on knowledge, attitude and practice regarding sexually transmitted infections and was financially supported by MOHME.

Situation Analysis and Systematic Review of Incidence, Prevalence and Complications of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Iran, 2014
This project aimed to review and investigate the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in Iranian population. MOHME supported this project financially.

A Qualitative study on Situation Analysis, University students’ knowledge and awareness of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Needs assessment regarding convenient training programs in Iran, 2014
This study was developed to evaluate the current situation and acceptability of sexual relations among youth and was financially supported by MOHME.

Gathering a Database of National and Regional HIV Consultants for Future Plans, 2014
This study was carried out in order to develop a database of national and regional HIV&AIDS consultants and experts.

Validation Study of the Prisoners’ Responses to Sensitive Questions in Bio-Behavioural Survey, 2013-14
The proposed study included three types of indirect questioning by trained interviewers: Crosswise, Random Proxy Response, and Network Scale-Up. By applying these methods, the validity and reliability of the responses to the questions will be estimated in the form of sensitivity and specificity and their distribution. CDC supported this project financially.

Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice with respect to HIV and Amphetamine-type Stimulants among adolescents aged 15-29 years, 2013-14
The main purpose of this study was to evaluate the level of knowledge and attitude of the 15-18 year old adolescent population of Iran about HIV and Methamphetamine-type stimulants. The knowledge, attitude and practice of the 19-29 year old population was also assessed. This project was financially supported by UNICEF and its final report was sent to MOHME and UNICEF.

Comparing Three Interview Methods in Response Patterns to Sensitive and Non-sensitive Questions, 2010-2011
This study aimed to address the impact of three interview methods (street-based, household, and telephone interviews) in response to sensitive and non-sensitive questions in three major cities of Iran.

Modelling of HIV&AIDS in Iran, 2009, 2011, 2013 & 2014
The forecasting of HIV incidence in different MARPs in Iran was estimated by deterministic models. The final report was published by MOHME.

Third National Bio-Behavioural Surveillance Survey in prisoners, 2012-2013
This was a joint activity with CDC- MOHME in collaboration with Prisons Organization. The survey was funded by the Global Fund project – Round 8 and expected to be completed in 2013. 

Mapping of Health Services and Facilities in Iran, Which are Expected to Report STI Syndromes, 2012
This project, designed in three phases, was developed with the support of the WHO, UNFPA, and MOHME.

Developing the STI Sentinel Surveillance Protocol in Iran, 2012
The aim of this study was to establish a sentinel surveillance protocol for STIs in Iran. This project was supported financially by the WHO, UNFPA and MOHME. The findings of the project have been reported to the MOHME and WHO.

Modelling the Expected Distribution of New HIV Infections among Prisoners Based on Exposure in Iran, 2012
The primary aim of this study was to estimate the new HIV infection occurrence among prisoners.

Estimation of the Prevalence of Risky Behaviours among Kerman University of Medical Sciences Students in 2012
The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of alcohol consumption, psychiatric drugs, and extramarital sex among Kerman University of Medical Sciences students.

National Population Size Estimation of Alcohol and Drug Users in Iran, 2011-2012
This project was developed with the support of MOHME in July 2011- November 2012. Its aim was to estimate the size of hidden and high risk populations including alcohol and drug users, injecting drug users, and sex workers in Iran.

Comparison of Indicators Related to People Who Inject Drugs (PWIDs) in Iran before and After a Harm Reduction Program, 2011-2012
This project was done to assess the impact of harm reduction programs and their related interventions such as needle and syringe programs, opioid substitution therapy, HIV testing and counselling, and antiretroviral therapy.

Assessing the Accuracy of HIV-related Risk Behaviours Reported by Female Sex Workers (FSWs), Iran Triangular Clinics, 2011-2012
In order to quantify the reporting biases in behaviours of FSWs in face-to-face interviews (FTFI) in comparison with in-depth interviews, six clinical psychologists assessed 63 FSWs with FTFI and in-depth interviews.

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of the Islamic Clergy towards HIV and AIDS, 2011-2012
This study was developed to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of this respected group towards HIV/AIDS and its sufferers.

Exploring the Experience, Performance, and Reasons to Perform High Risk Behaviours Based on Gender among HIV Infected Individuals, 2011
This study aimed to explore high risk behaviours among HIV positive in triangular clinics. A final report has been sent to the MOHME.

Comparing Three Interview Methods in Response Patterns to Sensitive and Non-sensitive Questions, 2010-2011
This study aimed to address the impact of three interview methods (street-based, household, and telephone interviews) in response to sensitive and non-sensitive questions in three major cities of Iran.

Situation Analysis of HIV/AIDS Status in Iran, 2010
In order to create solid evidence for a HIV/AIDS strategic plan and in response to a request by the national HIV/AIDS program, all published and grey literature were systematically searched.

National HIV Bio-Behavioural Surveillance Survey (BBSS) among Female Sex Workers (FSWs), 2010
This project was carried out to assess the frequency of risky behaviours and prevalence of HIV infection among FSWs as one of the Most-at-Risk Populations (MARPs) in Iran and to obtain pertinent data in a standardized format. The final report was submitted to MOHME and is under publication as a book.

National HIV Bio-Behavioural Surveillance Survey (BBSS) of People Who Inject Drug (PWIDs), 2010
To measure the rate of risky behaviours and prevalence of HIV infection among PWIDs, as one of the MARPs in Iran, a representative sample of PWIDs were taken from DICs, shelters, Drug Treatment Centres, Voluntary Counselling and Testing, and outreach spots. The final report was submitted to the MOHME and is published as a book.

HIV, HBV and HCV Bio-Behavioural Surveillance Survey (BBSS) among People Who Inject Drug (PWIDs) and Their Main Sexual Partners in Tehran, Shiraz and Mashhad, 2010
It was aimed to assess the frequency of risky behaviours and prevalence of HIV, HBV, and HCV infection among PWIDs and their main partners in Iran, and to obtain pertinent data in a standardized format. This project was carried out with the support of MOHME, UNAIDS, and UNODC.

Mode of Transmission (MOT) Project, 2010
In order to create a comprehensive portrait of dynamic HIV transmission in Iran, a project was developed with the support of UNAIDS and MOHME. The final results were published as a book.

Population Size Estimation of at High Risk groups of HIV, by Network Scale up Technique in Kerman, 2010
In order to estimate the size of some of the sub-populations with a higher risk of HIV, and to validate the network scale up technique in an Iranian setting, we conducted a study. In this project, we collected data on the network size of the young male population in Kerman and the size of the sub-populations among their networks.

HIV/STI Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey among Female Sex Workers by using Respondent- Driven Sampling in Kerman, 2009
To obtain population-based estimates of HIV/STI prevalence and related risk behaviours among FSWs in Kerman as well as determining the network size of FSWs, a bio-behavioural survey was conducted using RDS.

National HIV Bio-Behavioural Surveillance Survey (BBSS) among Prisoners, 2009
To assess the frequency of risky behaviours and prevalence of HIV infection among prisoners in Iran in 2009, a representative sample of prisoners throughout the country was taken. The final report was submitted to MOHME.

Ongoing Projects

HIV Integrated Bio-Behavioral Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) among Street/Working Children in Iran 2015
The current study is funded and implemented by employees and agents of UNICEF, Iran National AIDS Program, Iran Welfare Organization, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Regional Knowledge Hub and WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Surveillance, Global Health Sciences of the University of California at San Francisco, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Second round of an Integrated Biological Behavioral Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) with Population Size Estimation using Facility Based Sampling among Female Sex Workers (FSW) in Iran, 2015
This study aimed to determine the trends in HIV/STI sero-prevalence and risk behaviors among FSW in Iran. A sample around 1600 FSWs will recruit to the study through facility-based or center-based method. UNDP and MOH (AIDS Office) will financially support this project.

Harm reduction study review in prisons, 2015
The objective of this activity is to create a good documentation of the existing HIV prevention activities in 10 prisons in different cities of Iran, as well as to find the gaps with possibility of more improvement.

Mode of Transmission (MOT) Project, 2015
The aim of this study is to estimate the number of new HIV infection and confidence intervals in various subgroups via Monte-Carlo simulation separately. This study will be financial supported by UNAIDS.

Spatio-temporal history of HIV-1 epidemic in Iran, 2015
This project aims to depict Spatio-temporal dynamic of HIV virus in Iran and is financially supported by KUMS and MOHME.

Estimation of prevalence of STIs-associated symptoms in Iran (prevalence of STI in Iran part 1), 2014- 2015
The main objective of this study is to provide a precise estimate of STIs prevalence in Iranian adults (18+). This project is supported financially by UNFPA and MOHME.

Standardization of STI diagnosis (prevalence of STI in Iran part 2), 2014-2015
A calibration study adjusts syndromic diagnosis by doctors and midwifes according to etiologic identification of STIs. We will determine types and frequency of STIs in Iran using etiologic methods in laboratories to assess the relative contribution of the STI pathogens that cause STI syndromes in Iran. This study is financially supported by UNFPA and executive supported by MOHME.

Standardization of Verbal Autopsy Questionnaire in Iran (2013- 2014), 2014- 2015
This study aims to assess and translate the validity and reliability of the verbal autopsy questionnaire. KUMS will support the project financially.

Estimation of size of alcohol and drug users, and risky sexual behaviours in students of universities of Kerman in 2014, 2014-2015
The aim of this study is to provide an estimation for the size of alcohol and drug users and key population at risk of HIV/AIDS among students of universities of Kerman by two methods: NSU and direct method. This project is supported financially by MOHME.

Assessment of cost-effectiveness of methadone maintenance treatment as an HIV prevention strategy among injecting drug users in Kerman, 2014-2015
This project is a cross-sectional study which will be done by an evaluation before and after the intervention without control group over a one-year period. This project is funded by SAPTO, MeHSHAD and MOHME.This project is a cross-sectional study which will be done by an evaluation before and after the intervention without control group over a one-year period. This project is funded by SAPTO, MeHSHAD and MOHME.