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Siting of HIV/AIDS diagnostic equipment in South Africa: a case study in locational analysis

Siting of HIV/AIDS diagnostic equipment in South Africa: a case study in locational analysis
Siting of HIV/AIDS diagnostic equipment in South Africa: a case study in locational analysis
This paper describes a practical application of locational analysis to the siting of HIV/AIDS diagnostic equipment in laboratories across South Africa. Classical location analytical techniques were extended to ensure that laboratories are sited as close as possible to major centres of demand from hospitals and clinics. A particular advantage of the modified set covering algorithm developed is that choices between laboratory sites are made in a transparent manner. In order to find appropriate numbers and ideal placement of CD4 laboratories, runs were undertaken for various scenarios based on maximum travel time from health facilities to laboratory sites. Results demonstrated to decision makers showed close comparisons with pilot review projects undertaken in four health districts of South Africa. The research has potential to impact health care delivery to HIV sufferers in the poorest rural regions of the country.
0969-6016
319-336
Smith, Honora
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Smith, Honora, Smith, Jon P., Glencross, Deborah K., Cassim, Nassim, Coetzee, Lindi M., Carmona, Sergio and Stevens, Wendy (2018) Siting of HIV/AIDS diagnostic equipment in South Africa: a case study in locational analysis. International Transactions in Operational Research, 25 (1), 319-336. (doi:10.1111/itor.12366).

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Abstract

This paper describes a practical application of locational analysis to the siting of HIV/AIDS diagnostic equipment in laboratories across South Africa. Classical location analytical techniques were extended to ensure that laboratories are sited as close as possible to major centres of demand from hospitals and clinics. A particular advantage of the modified set covering algorithm developed is that choices between laboratory sites are made in a transparent manner. In order to find appropriate numbers and ideal placement of CD4 laboratories, runs were undertaken for various scenarios based on maximum travel time from health facilities to laboratory sites. Results demonstrated to decision makers showed close comparisons with pilot review projects undertaken in four health districts of South Africa. The research has potential to impact health care delivery to HIV sufferers in the poorest rural regions of the country.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 October 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 February 2017
Published date: January 2018
Organisations: Operational Research

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Local EPrints ID: 403611
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/403611
ISSN: 0969-6016
PURE UUID: c8fe8b9f-d2c2-403a-8fac-6e7ebe310801
ORCID for Honora Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4974-3011

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Date deposited: 06 Dec 2016 16:50
Last modified: 30 Jan 2020 05:01

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