UNDP supports Multi-Sectoral Capacity Building Project

UNDP is developing comprehensive training curricula to support Somali HIV & AIDS partners develop their response to HIV & AIDS in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.  These curricula are to be tested and used by staff ministries, personnel in the legal system, peer educators, and universities in Somalia. Under the Multi-Sectoral Capacity Building project, UNDP Somalia and the three AIDS Commissions in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia conducted an assessment of training needs and existing curricula, and agreed on developing four training manuals:

A Behaviour Change Communication toolkit has been developed, which focuses on HIV & AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), whose main purpose is to train peer educators in order to increase knowledge on STIs and HIV & AIDS, foster positive behaviours, attitudes and practices to reduce risks and vulnerability to HIV & AIDS. This manual has been field tested withUNDP’s Most at Risk Populations project.  The toolkit has been used to train people truck drivers, Internally Displaced People (IDPs), groups of women as well as People Living with HIV & AIDS (PLHAs).

A training manual to support working with Uniformed Services is also currently being finalised. Uniformed personnel usually spend long periods of time away from home, and are often in positions of power, which make them a vulnerable group to HIV infection. In partnership with the Rule of Law Programme at UNDP Somalia (ROLs), the HIV & AIDS Training Manual to Support Work with Uniformed Services is being field tested by working with the Inter-Service Council in Somaliland, that includes  representatives from  the Ministry of Interior (police), the Ministry of Justice (custodial corps) and the Ministry of Defense (military personnel).

A draft HIV & AIDS University Curriculum is also being developed to provide young people in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia with the basic facts on HIV & AIDS, to reduce their vulnerability to HIV infection. Puntland State University will field test the HIV & AIDS Curricula developed to be integrated into the curriculum for students at the University.

This Multi-Sectoral Capacity Building project started in 2005 and is supported by the Global Fund for AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria. The annual budget for this project is approximately $200,000.

Highlights

  • UNDP develops a behavioral change communication toolkit focusing on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections

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