Health Policy Project

The Health Policy Project ended in 2016. Work continued under Health Policy Plus (HP+) until 2022.

Software and Models

Health Policy Project 


The Resource Estimation Tool for Advocacy (RETA) is a new tool to estimate resource needs for scaling up comprehensive HIV prevention programming for men who have sex with men and transgenders. RETA estimates the resources needed for a five-year period, based on user input of population size estimates, target coverage levels, and local costs of HIV prevention services. It was developed for use by civil society groups and can estimate resource needs at local, municipal, provincial, or national levels. RETA allows users to plan how specific services can or should be targeted at sub-populations of men who have sex with men to more accurately project the funding needs. By comparing the resource estimates with expected resources, RETA estimates the resource gaps.

Civil society organizations can work in coalition and/or with local government to use the information RETA produces to advocate with governments and donors for increased investment in HIV prevention programming for men who have sex with men and transgenders. RETA produces information that is easy to read and use. RETA automatically generates reports and creates graphs and charts that are designed to answer key questions from donors and program planners, in a format that makes them simple to copy into reports and funding proposals. Please send an email to to register as a RETA user so you can be informed of updates and other notifications.

There are now 4 RETA versions: The original MSM version, plus adaptions for sex workers (and clients), injecting drug users, and transgenders.

Some of the files in this software package were developed by our predecessor projects, the POLICY Project and the USAID|Health Policy Project, and the links will open files from those project websites.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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