About the HIV Policy Lab
This draft of the Compendium was written and researched by Juliette McHardy, Maïmouna Bah, Agrata Sharma and Rachel Sadoff. The initial structure and original research for the preliminary was devised and completed by Mara Pillinger and Kashish Aneja. This project was overseen by Sharonann Lynch and Matt Kavanagh.
The HIV Policy Lab team has produced and will continue to maintain and expand this Compendium. We are part of the Global Health Policy and Politics Initiative at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. At the O’Neill Institute we believe that the law is a fundamental tool for solving critical health problems and sees national and global health law as a frontier for collaborative, international, and rights-based approaches to health and well-being for all. Our initiative advances this vision by confronting challenges including HIV, COVID-19, tuberculosis, health equity, and community-led monitoring with analysis of existing policy as well as proposals for groundbreaking legal policy responses to health issues.
Our team’s flagship product, the HIV Policy Lab, is a unique collaboration between academic, UN, and civil society organisations to track, measure and improve the HIV-related law and policy environment in countries around the world. The HIV Policy Lab research and accountability platform systematically identifies and visualises policies adopted by countries around the world and how those align with international norms. It is an open, living global public resource that draws information from legal documents, government reporting, and independent analyses to create data that can be compared across countries and across issues. The HIV Policy Lab seeks not just to document, but to improve the policy environment by partnering with governments, public health officials, financing agencies, and civil society groups to support learning across countries and science-based policy change. The Policy Lab also provides researchers with cross-national data on policies so we can learn more about the impacts and drivers of policy choices—recognizing that what works in a research setting might be not when taken to scale through policy-making. HIV-related laws and policies can have life and death consequences. We need to measure them, evaluate them, and change them to meet the evolving context on the path towards ending the global AIDS pandemic.
The Compendium’s content and analysis is freely available for use with appropriate acknowledgement.
Please read about our other projects and do also check out the HIV Policy Lab’s data on HIV-related laws and policies worldwide.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome comments and corrections.