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PlusNews Weekly Issue 178, 23 April 2004

1. Teacher Training: Essential for School-Based Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Education

YouthNet is pleased to announce the availability of a new publication: "Teacher Training: Essential for School-Based Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Education - Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa".

This 30-page Youth Issues Paper examines the importance of teacher training, the limited evidence in the field, elements of teacher training curricula, teacher selection issues, and issues in Africa including teacher training projects in four countries.

In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, the AIDS epidemic has spread to the general population, with up to half of all new HIV infections occurring among youth under age 25. Since most youth attend school at least for primary education, school-based programmes are a logical place to reach young people. Understanding the importance and techniques of teacher training in sexuality education in Africa is particularly urgent.

Teacher attitudes and experiences affect their comfort with, and capacity to teach about, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. The pre-service setting offers an opportunity for future teachers to explore their own beliefs and concerns about these topics, while in-service training allows those already teaching to assess their views and increase their competence and confidence.

More details:

2. HIV/AIDS Survey

The USAID-supported Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus (RPM Plus) Programme is conducting a survey to determine whether incentives and enablers are being used in HIV/AIDS treatment programmes and, if so, how and for what purpose. This survey will also be used to identify common challenges to access to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and adherence. Based on the information received, follow-up will take place to further catalogue specific individual experiences in more detail.

The survey will look at the challenges the provision of ART poses to health care providers, health care systems, and the clients they aim to reach.

Specific challenges include:
  • Encouraging people to come forward for testing and counselling and, if appropriate, treatment
  • Encouraging HIV-positive pregnant women to accept and complete the full course of preventive therapy, including treatment of the newborn, to prevent HIV transmission
  • Encouraging patients on ART to consistently adhere to the treatment regimen

For additional information: www.msh.org

To participate in this survey: www.msh.org

Send an e-mail to to request a hard copy of the survey


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