“The Time Has Come” Enhancing HIV, STI and other sexual health services for MSM and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific: Training package for health providers to reduce stigma in health care settings

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO)

TOOL DESCRIPTION


The PDFs of this tool are:
1. Facilitator Training Manual
2. Annex: Reaching out to female partners of men who have sex with men. Training module for health care providers to address intimate partner transmission of HIV

Aim:
To impart practical, sustainable knowledge and skills to programme managers, frontline service managers and health policy professionals that can enhance their leadership capacity and improve programming and service delivery. The training package is designed to be particularly relevant for health care workers, as well as selected staff from national and provincial HIV programmes, Global Fund project managers, policy-makers, frontline managers and advocates. It is hoped that the training package will play an important role in responding to the need to address sexual orientation and gender identity in the region’s response to HIV.

Type of Document:
A 5-day training toolkit built around the following modules: (1) Context building, (2) MSM and transgender programming, (3) enabling environments, (4) strategic information, (5) program management. The toolkit is a training package for health providers to reduce stigma in health care settings, as well as to enhance HIV, STI and other sexual health services for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific. The package offers a dynamic, interactive training programme designed by expert peer trainers. Additionally, there is an annex that serves as a training module for health care providers to address intimate partner transmission of HIV between men who have sex with men (MSM) and their female partners in Asia and the Pacific. It looks at the types of approaches and strategies that could be used in different health care settings to reach MSM as well as their female partners with information, services and referrals.

Audience Intended:
It is designed to be particularly relevant for health care workers, as well as selected staff from funders, national and provincial HIV programs, Global Fund project managers, policy-makers, frontline managers and advocates. Training is to be delivered by expert facilitators to program managers, frontline service managers and health policy professionals.

Population Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination:
MSM and transgender people.

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Stigma mainly, some focus on discrimination.

Assess and/or Address:
Address.

Implementation:
5-day training. Additionally, it is recommended not to overly adapt the training modules. In some of the pilot trainings, the package was substantially changed to the extent that all five modules were attempted in a two-day period, and followed by a half-day ‘stakeholder meeting’ with senior government and other personnel. This was in an attempt to advocate for the future use of the package. While such advocacy is essential for the success of any local sustainability, it is recommended that any local stakeholders’ advocacy meetings be planned as an additional activity, not to be included into the training agenda…” (See p. 17 for more cautions re: adaptation and translation of the package.)

Comments:
Comprehensive tool; focus on stigma reduction. Section on enabling environments, including attention to laws and policies, is most relevant to discrimination.

Developed by UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC), WHO Southeast Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO).


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