04.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

UNESCO to train HIV prevention staff among highly vulnerable youths

© UNESCO/ E. Abramson

The Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) is currently organizing a UNESCO staff training session in the region, aimed at improving staff skills in HIV prevention program for highly vulnerable youths. The training program will be held in Panama City, Panama on October 22-25, 2013.

Mary Guinn Delaney, regional HIV/AIDS specialist for UNESCO, explained that “This training is part of our organization’s commitment to educate our professionals, raising awareness and providing training so that they can carry out their responsibilities and help countries in the most effective way.”

The training program has several objectives. First, it seeks to clarify the definition of highly vulnerable youths; to raise awareness of the importance of personal attitudes, beliefs, and values when working with the most vulnerable youths; to present and discuss evidence on the risks and vulnerabilities faced by young men and women that are most vulnerable to HIV and other health issues; and to discuss how the program can strengthen protection factors and resilience.

Another objective is to present a regional summary with the region’s epidemiological data on HIV, including prevalence trends, methods of transmission, and differences between the genders and within countries. It also contemplates how gender inequality and other human rights issues affect the vulnerability of young men, women, and transgender people with regards to HIV.

In addition, it reviews the evidence for innovative, effective programs and approaches in tackling young men’s and women’s vulnerability to HIV and other health problems, focusing on education and the links between education and other services.

Finally, it seeks to promote evidence-based programs to help UNESCO and UN system staff to address the needs of youths vulnerable to HIV and to help develop strengthened intervention activities.

This training has already taken place in the Asia-Pacific region and in eastern and southern Africa.

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