Targeted specifically at development professionals this distance education course in HIV and Gender will provide course participants 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 HIV and gender
- 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
- 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
About This Course
The HIV and Gender distance learning course provides students with clear, relevant and up to date information on this issue. The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to improve HIV programming by reflecting on the complexities and impact of gender roles and behaviours. All students will bring their own personal experience and knowledge of HIV and gender and as such the course aims to support students working in a variety of settings. All case studies are drawn from real situations although some names may have been changed.
Module 1: Understanding HIV and Gender
Unit 1: Understanding HIV
Unit 1 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 2: Understanding Gender: A key to understanding how to address HIV
Unit 2 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.
Module 2: Programmatic Responses to HIV and Gender
Unit 3: Programmes to address gender inequality and HIV: what works?
Unit 3 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 4: Learning lessons and moving forward
Unit 4 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.
The dates for the next HIV and Gender: Context, Programming and Response course will be confirmed shortly.
For further information, please contact: Kathleen O’Connor (01) 4064424.