The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3350.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 4:45 PM

Abstract #71540

Curriculum development across disciplines as part of a comprehensive response to the HIV / AIDS crisis in the Caribbean

Nancy Muturi, PhD1, Sanjana Ajey Bhardwaj, MD, MPH2, Hope Ramsay, MPH2, Marjan DeBruin1, and Brendan Bain, DM, MPH2. (1) Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, University of West Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica, Kingston 7, Kingston, 7, Jamaica, (876) 977-1397,, (2) Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Gibraltar Camp Road, Kingston, 7, Jamaica

The Caribbean region is today the world’s second most affected region by the HIV / AIDS epidemic. It has been well recognized that a multi sectoral approach is needed to effectively combat this epidemic. Education can be used purposefully as a channel for prevention and care and support issues surrounding HIV infection. There must be a wholehearted effort to mainstream HIV / AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and life skills education into the curriculum of every learning institution. The objective being to empower participants to live sexually responsible and healthy lives. This paper describes the curriculum planning process undertaken by a tertiary level institution across campuses, across disciplines and at all levels of education as part of the comprehensive response to the HIV / AIDS crisis. The barriers and facilitators to this process are identified. It is also important for the subject area to be professionalised. A core group of educators and teachers with the necessary skills to deal with sensitive issues needs to be created. As part of the curriculum development process, a macro and micro curriculum matrix was designed. This is a useful tool which can be used to fully integrate HIV / AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and life skills education across the disciplines and at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses. This approach has the potential to bridge the boundary between the insides of an institution and the outside world, the community at large.

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Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Behavior Modification

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Awards: Excellence in Abstract Submission among New Investigators--Award Winner - Honorable Mention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: University of West Indies
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
Relationship: Employment

HIV Care and Prevention: Latin American and the Caribbean

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA