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2007.05.07 - CIET launches multi-country training on AIDS prevention trials in southern Africa

CIET launches multi-country training on AIDS prevention trials in southern Africa

Oscar Mundida, Behaviour Change Coordinator of the National AIDS Council in Zimbabwe, shares his insights on why HIV prevalence appears to be decreasing in his country during the CIET-ADAPT course in Botswana.

GABORONE, Botswana, 7 May 2007- CIET launched its African Development of AIDS Prevention Trials (ADAPT) program today, training 24 participants from governments, universities and NGOs from 14 countries. The course on AIDS prevention trials and evidence-based planning is housed by the University of Botswana in Gaborone and funded by Canada’s Global Health Research Initiative. The goal is to build on local capacities so Africans can plan, conduct and analyse large-scale, multi-centred AIDS prevention trials.

 

Participants will complete the first four-week session in early June, covering the fundamentals of epidemiology and statistics for planning and the essentials of community-based AIDS prevention trials.
  
Ten of the 14 participating countries will then conduct national surveys on the impact of mass media on AIDS prevention. In a second four-week session of the course, in November and December 2007, participants will analyse their national data and learn how to use this evidence for knowledge translation, mass communication, policy and planning. In 2008, ADAPT will provide executive training for officials at policy and senior program levels across southern Africa.

Click here for more details on ADAPT in Southern Africa.