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Gender Programming for HIV

Course Fee: €FOA
Course Duration: 8 weeks

Targeted specifically at development professionals this distance education course in Gender Programming for HIV will provide your students with a deeper understanding of:

  • the history of the global HIV epidemic and shifts in prevalence
  • key issues and concepts relating to HIV transmission, prevention, testing, stigma and treatment
  • general gender concepts to highlight the important intersection between gender and HIV
  • the effects of gender and HIV on individuals and households and on social development more broadly, with a focus on education, livelihood, health and participation
  • programmatic responses to HIV which have made a difference in preventing the spread of HIV and improving the lives of people living with HIV and for people most closely affected by the virus. what have we learned? what works? what does not work? In what ways have gender inequalities been addressed
  • how to identify current gaps in programming, monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • the emerging HIV related issues for the post 2015 development agenda

Course Content

Module 1 Understanding HIV and Gender
Unit 1 Understanding HIV
Unit 2 Understanding Gender: A key to understanding how to address HIV
Module 2 HIV and Gender Programmatic Responses
Unit 3 Programmes to address gender inequality and HIV: what works?
Unit 4 Learning lessons and moving forward

Unit One
 presents a brief overview of the history of the global HIV epidemic and outlines the changing shape of the HIV epidemic and the early responses to it. It summarises the key issues and concepts relating to HIV testing, treatment, transmission, and prevention, and the importance of understanding the epidemiology of HIV in a given location in order to respond appropriately to control it.


Unit Two draws out the gendered dimensions of the HIV epidemic. It outlines some basic gender-related terminology before exploring some of the ways in which gender and power imbalances manifest in the lives of women, men, girls and boys within their personal, social, cultural and economic spheres and the relationship of this imbalance on sexual transmission of HIV, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. It describes the effects of HIV and gender on individuals and households and on social development more broadly, with a focus on education, livelihood, health and participation. Case studies are used throughout to highlight the gender dimensions of HIV.


Unit Three explores programmatic responses to HIV that have made a difference in preventing the spread of HIV and improving the lives of people living with HIV and those most closely affected by the virus. It introduces a range of programmes and interventions that have sought to change gender dynamics to reduce vulnerability to becoming infected with HIV, and the increased vulnerability that women and men experience once they are diagnosed HIV positive. This Unit focuses on concepts to guide programme development and case studies that demonstrate good practice across a range of HIV programme areas.


Unit Four summarises considerations for developing interventions that are effective in addressing HIV, and a broad overview of steps for developing HIV interventions. Basic monitoring and evaluation principles and terminology are introduced, along with a discussion of specific challenges related to monitoring and evaluating HIV and gender programmes. The evolution of HIV programmes toward integrated approaches are discussed and the challenges that this presents for HIV prevention and treatment.

Course Writers

Joanne Manchester

Joanne Manchester has been involved with the response to HIV since the 1980s. In 1992, she co-founded the International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS where she supported the development of positive women’s networks and organisations worldwide. Jo has an MA in Education, International Development and Health Promotion from the Institute of Education in London.

Jo is a passionate advocate for the rights of people with HIV particularly sexual and reproductive rights and access to treatment and care. Jo has been a consultant for many organisations including UNAIDS, WHO, Irish Aid, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Concern Worldwide. She undertook research, community consultations and evaluations. She also assessed grant applications, wrote programme proposals, policy documents and information targeting specific user groups for example pregnant women living with HIV.

Jo developed and facilitated a range of participatory training programmes on HIV, gender and international development for organisations such as Trocaire, GOAL, IPPF and Standard Chartered Bank. Jo developed KODE’s course on HIV, gender and Development in 2004. Jo first met Mary Myaya at Comic Relief, London where they were both international grants assessors.

Mary Myaya

Mary Myaya has worked in international development for over 25 years, with long-term field experience in Southern Africa, and short-term experience in over 15 countries in Africa and Asia. With a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, Mary has technical expertise in Health and HIV, and experience in programmes in maternal, newborn and child health; HIV; reproductive health; malaria; gender; education; and rights.

Mary is currently a freelance consultant with Comic Relief (UK), Misean Cara, Comic Relief, Inc. (USA) and civil society organisations. She offers advisory and consultancy services in project development, assessment, monitoring and evaluation, and participatory approaches in programme planning, implementation and evaluation.

With Joanne Manchester, Mary authored KODE’s course on Gender Programming for HIV.


Course fee: €FOA

The course fee covers registration, access to course content and support materials, dedicated tutor support for the duration of the course, and certificate of completion (subject to meeting all course requirements).

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