Twenty-five frontline health care workers will undergo three days of intensive training next month as part of the recently launched project on Capacity Building for Mainstreaming Gender Analysis in HIV and AIDS.

Training will be held from September 8 to 10 at the 3Ws Cricket Oval at the University of the West Indies. Those to be trained include doctors, nurses, ambulance service officials, and technical and laboratory staff.

Participants will be equipped with the tools and skills to make gender responsive interventions in HIV and AIDS matters. At the end of the process, their knowledge of basic gender analysis techniques and the links between gender, human rights and HIV should be increased and their capacity to provide the environment which promotes the delivery of care that removes stigma should also be enhanced.

The objectives of the training include building an understanding of the social and gender causes and consequences of HIV on those infected and affected, and examining the human rights implications of HIV in the context of health care delivery.

Topics to be examined during the sessions include: "The Social and Gendered Causes and Consequences of HIV", "Stigma and Discrimination as Drivers of the Epidemic", "Mainstreaming Gender in HIV Prevention and Care", and "Gender and Human Rights Standards and International Human Rights Guidelines".

This workshop is one of the components of the project being implemented by the Bureau of Gender Affairs and sponsored by the United Nations Fund for Women. The project will emphasise technical knowledge and give cross-sectoral support to ensure the widest incorporation of gender analysis in programme formulation, implementation and monitoring, particularly in the education, health and social sectors.

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