This module critically analyses key aspects of health sector response to the HIV epidemic and how the health sector itself has been impacted.
This course is tropEd accredited and can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the Master in International Health or the Master in Public Health programmes.
In this course, participants critically analyse key aspects of health sector response to the epidemic and how the health sector itself has been impacted. Special attention is given to responding to stigma and discrimination as health workers play a key role in reducing stigma on the one hand and also self-stigmatise themselves disproportionately.
During the course, participants examine opportunities of using HIV programme as a means of strengthening existing health systems. The course will discuss the importance of and ways for working across sectors and with different stakeholders in the sector (public, private and with civil society).
It examines critical aspects of implementation of key interventions [(V)CT, PMTCT, ART etc]. The module also appraises mechanisms for synergies within the health sector (Eg: TB-HIV linkages, Integration with SRH services).
At the end of the course the participants should be able to:
- Identify and utilise opportunities presented by the HIV programme to establish synergies and to strengthen the existing health system
- Analyse the impact of the epidemic on health systems and formulate responses e.g. HIV mainstreaming through workplace policies
- Critically analyse existing services from the perspective of addressing the empowerment of the poor, vulnerable groups and communities
- Appraise the current state of HIV programming and recommend programs and interventions appropriate to the context (e.g. VCT, PMTCT, ART, TB-HIV, etc)
- Communicate HIV/AIDS related issues effectively with the media as well as lay audiences
- Evolving roles and responsibilities of the health sector in response to HIV
- Innovations for health system strengthening through HIV programming (i.e. Service delivery, Human resources, Health information system, Financing, Stewardship, Resource mobilisation)
- Aspects of integration e.g. sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, Continuum of Care models
- Key aspects of programmes, e.g. (V)CT services, PMTCT services, ART services, , Infection control, TB-HIV, Adolescent-friendly health services
- Mainstreaming HIV in the health sector (i.e. workplace policies)
- Strategies for reducing stigma and discrimination
- Writing a press release. Communicating with lay audiences
- Academic training or a professional qualification in a relevant field
- Work experience in a related area, including experience in management or planning in developing countries
- Proficiency in spoken and written English
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Last updated October 16, 2015