Zimbabwe: CDC offers training on HIV prevention interventions

Harare, April 23, 2012: The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-Zimbabwe) will begin a four day training session tomorrow providing an “Overview of Effective HIV Prevention Interventions” to Zimbabweans working in the field of HIV prevention.

“The course is targeted at individuals that have experience in providing prevention services, but desire additional skills to understand how an appropriate and evidence-based combination of HIV prevention strategies may impact the reduction of HIV infections as well as service delivery,” said Peter Kilmarx, Director of the CDC-Zimbabwe.  He added, “The course has been very well received by people who are beginning or returning to HIV prevention work and want to update their knowledge base.  We are happy to be able to conduct this session in Zimbabwe.”

The course will be held in Harare for four days beginning April 24th and includes training on behavioral theories and their application to intervention programs, a review of the knowledge base on effective interventions at the individual, family, and community level, and a review of the epidemiology of HIV in southern Africa.

This course is being offered through the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers (PTCs) in the United States, with funding from the Southern Africa Prevention Initiative of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and CDC Zimbabwe.  The PTCs have over 15 years of experience in curriculum design and training on evidence-based HIV prevention interventions and over 30 years of experience training on the clinical diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted diseases.  The organization has conducted similar training sessions in over 10 countries throughout Africa, Central America, and Asia, as well as all 50 states and other jurisdictions of the USA.  Participants have included physicians and other clinicians, high level decision makers, counselors and other prevention specialists, to community organizers and other NGO staff engaged in program implementation.

For further details about the training please contact Pamela Mushati, CDC – Zimbabwe, at mushatip@zw.cdc.gov.