Thursday 24 August 2017

Training courses

Aimed at increasing the capacity of participants in developing and implementing HIV surveillance systems, training courses are constantly adapted and updated to follow the new developments and research findings in the area of HIV surveillance. Courses aim to introduce participants to specific areas of HIV surveillance by emphasising the acquisition of practical skills and multi-disciplinary approach to surveillance systems development. By bringing together professionals with multidisciplinary backgrounds from various countries, courses also provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences.

Training is based on adult learning principles, skills acquisition and field work and is delivered using a combination of five-day intensive, face-to-face workshop sessions and in-country support visits. All courses have an international and comparative orientation and integrate a mix of lectures, case studies and group work. Throughout the teaching, an emphasis is put on activities and actions that make surveillance efforts successful, ranging from good organisation and staff selection to successful collaboration between health and non-health sectors and building trust with communities and groups at higher risk of HIV.

There are currently 29 training courses and training manuals developed, covering various areas in HIV surveillance. The training courses have been attended by over 2300 participants from 101 countries in Europe, Africa, Americas, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Each of the training courses is extensively evaluated and the results are analysed and used to improve course content and organisation.

The teaching staff includes well-established professionals who work on HIV surveillance and have both academic and field experience. The teaching staff comes from the School of Public Health, Croatia; University of California, San Francisco; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; University of Kopenhagen; Public Health England, UK; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia; WHO; UNAIDS; Teaching Hospital for Infectious Diseases „Dr. Fran Mihaljevic“, Croatia; Institute for Public Health, Croatia.

The audience for the training courses are:

  • Professionals who work on HIV surveillance
  • Professionals who work on HIV programme management
  • Government officials responsible for planning and implementation of HIV surveillance and prevention policies and services
  • Other key stakeholders from NGOs, academic institutions and educational organisations
  • Private sector

The objectives of the training courses are to:

  • Increase capacities of participants in development and implementation of HIV strategic information systems and surveys
  • Introduce participants to the broad field of theory and practice of HIV surveillance, with the emphasis on the newest biological and behavioural methods used
  • Provide a practical overview of methods and approaches used in surveillance data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Describe the importance of dissemination of HIV surveillance data to providers and institutions responsible for implementation of HIV prevention and control programmes
  • Build skills through case studies and a protocol development exercise

List of Trainings

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