IAEN: Resource Availability Survey Results

The International AIDS Economics Network (IAEN / http://www.iaen.org) recently polled its members in 130 countries about the best information resources available to AIDS professionals worldwide. The polling returned 85 completed surveys from 32 countries listing over 700 information resources. Approximately half of the returned surveys were from developed countries, half from developing countries.

A full report from this survey can be found at http://www.iaen.org/files.cgi/9821_iaen_survey_summary.pdf.


The attached "cumulative results" table lists those resources cited most often by IAEN members. (Note that the IAEN itself received 96 votes, a figure that is inflated compared to other resources because the IAEN network was used for the survey).

CUMULATIVE RESULTS TABLE (this table lists those information resources cited most frequently across all the questions of the survey - approximately 700 resources cited in total):

Order - Resource - URL - Votes
1 UNAIDS http://www.unaids.org 100
2 IAEN http://www.iaen.org 96
3 World Bank http://www.worldbank.org 45
4 Kaiser Family Foundation http://www.kff.org 33
5 CDC http://www.cdc.gov 31
6 WHO http://www.who.int 22
7 SEA-AIDS (Southeast Asia AIDS Listserve) http://archives.healthdev.net/sea-aids/ 17
8 AF-AIDS (Southern Africa AIDS Listserve) http://archives.healthdev.net/af-aids/ 16
9 Aidspan http://www.aidspan.org 10
10 Aegis http://www.aegis.org 9
11 The Communications Initiative http://www.comminit.com/ 9
12 Eldis http://www.eldis.org 9
13 AIDS India eForum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AIDS-INDIA/ 8
14 Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network http://www.aidslaw.ca/ 8
15 Medscape http://www.medscape.com/ 8
16 The Lancet http://www.thelancet.com/ 7
17 Safco (West and Central Africa Listserve - French) http://www.hivnet.ch:8000/africa/safco/ 7
18 Development Gateway http://www.developmentgateway.org/ 6
19 The Global Fund http://www.globalfundatm.org 6
20 Global Health Council http://www.globalhealth.org/ 6
21 NIH http://www.nih.gov 6
22 Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS http://www.businessfightsaids.org 5
23 Google http://www.google.com 5
24 HEARD http://www.und.ac.za/und/heard/ 5
25 Red Ribbon (South Africa) http://www.redribbon.co.za/ 5
26 aidsmap http://www.aidsmap.com 4
27 allAfrica.com http://allafrica.com/ 4
28 Alliance for Microbicide Development http://www.microbicide.org/ 4
29 IRIN http://www.irinnews.org/ 4
30 medilinks http://www.medilinks.org/ 4
31 Nigeria-AIDS eForum http://www.nigeria-aids.org/eForum.cfm 4
32 TAC newsletter http://www.tac.org.za/home.htm 4
33 USAID http://www.usaid.gov 4
34 World Economic Forum http://www.weforum.org 4
35 Afronet Online http://afronet.org.za/afronet.htm 3
36 AIDScience http://www.aidscience.org/ 3
37 Amedeo.com http://www.amedeo.com/ 3
38 Breaking the Silence http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breaking-the-silence/ 3
39 British Medical Journal http://bmj.com/ 3
40 Elsevier http://www.elsevier.com/ 3
41 Family Health International http://www.fhi.org/ 3
42 Gates Foundation http://www.gatesfoundation.org 3
43 Global Treatment Access http://www.globaltreatmentaccess.org/ 3
44 HIV Medicine Association http://www.hivma.org 3
45 International AIDS Society http://www.ias.se/ 3
46 International Labour Organization http://www.ilo.org 3
47 New York Times http://www.nytimes.com 3
48 National Minority AIDS Council http://www.nmac.org/ 3
49 SAfAIDS http://www.safaids.org.zw/safaidsweb/ 3
50 UNICEF http://www.unicef.org 3
51 UNDP South East Asia http://www.hiv-development.org/ 3
52 Mail & Guardian Online http://www.mg.co.za/ 3


The results of this survey suggest several conclusions:

a) While there are a large number of resources addressing global AIDS, only one - UNAIDS - has a notable reach. Most of the top twenty resources, each of which has very useful information, are not widely cited.
b) Overall the number of resources listed in each survey was relatively few (only 8 per survey). This suggests that AIDS resources are poorly developed compared to other policy (or business) topics. We will be conducting comparison surveys in other topics soon.
c) AIDS professionals are very fragmented in where they go for information. This has significant implications for coordination of an informed global response to AIDS.

On balance, the 700 resources cited provide a good portrait of the "information infrastructure" that informs and coordinates the global response to AIDS. This infrastructure appears to be both thin and fragmented. This represents one of the most important obstacles to an effective response to the AIDS epidemic.