Drug Policy, Diplomacy and Global Public Health Course Offered

Drug Policy, Diplomacy and Global Public Health Course is offered from 24 to 26 October 2017. Course Directors: Professor Michel Kazatchkine and Professor Thomas Zeltner.

Negotiating the health dimension of drug policies

  • Intensive three-day course with renowned faculty and leading practitioners
  • Combine theory and practice through lectures, high-level panels and exercises
  • Meet in the world’s global health capital
  • Organised by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, led by Professor Ilona Kickbusch

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem held in April 2016 in New York was a clear demonstration of the growing momentum in favour of drug policy reform. Even though the outcome document raised some promising points, it has been criticised for containing almost no operational outcomes or actions to address the challenges, tensions and contradictions currently existing in international drug control.

Countries are facing challenges due to the horizontal nature of the drug issue that goes far beyond law-enforcement and prohi­bition. Some innovative reforms are already being implemented since the UNGASS 2016. What should the new direction be for the future UN governance of international drug policy? How can different actors contribute to a global process that truly advances laws, policies and international cooperation and finally ensures that drug policies help instead of harming the health and welfare of mankind? How can countries develop a coordinated response, in compliance with international drug control rules, when their ministries of health tend to treat users, while their ministries of interior and justice tend to criminalise them? How can the UN have a meaningful and impactful role in addressing drug policy issues? And what should the role of civil society and user networks be in the international debate on drug policies?

You can find more information about the course here.

Source: Graduate Institute Geneva

Module on Writing a Conference Abstract Announced

AFEW International and Health[e]Foundation present online course on community based participatory research – CBPR[e]education and free preview to the module Writing a conference abstract.

In the seven modules of the CBPR[e]Education course (available in English and Russian) you will gain insight into, and understanding about the key principles of community based participatory research.

Part of this course is available for free: module on writing a conference abstract. This module presents present information on the general requirements and considerations regarding abstract writing and the criteria used in the selection process.

Go here for more information and access to the course or send an email to info@healthefoundation.eu

Introduction

AFEW International: inviting Eastern Europe and Central Asia to AIDS 2018

AFEW International with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is implementing a range of activities to empower CBOs, NGOs, activists, policy makers, stakeholders, researchers and clinicians from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA*) region to take part in the XXII International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam.

AFEW International activities:

From April 2017 – online learning courses that consist of seven modules on community based participatory research including a module on abstract writing (price: 50.00 euro, excluding Certificate)

From July 2017 – online module on abstract writing in Russian and English (free of charge for everyone). See details on the last page of this leaflet

Ongoing – educational online materials (tutorials) on how to navigate towards AIDS 2018

Ongoing – guidance and mentorship on abstract writing

Only for those whose abstracts and presentations got accepted – support in getting scholarships to attend conference

Summer 2018 – skills workshop How to present your work or research findings (for up to 25 participants accepted for presentations at AIDS 2018)

…and special events before and during AIDS 2018 for the EECA region delegates.

Indicative schedule for the applications for AIDS2018:

1 Dec 2017 – Feb 2018 – Abstracts. Workshops. Global Village. Youth Programme. Scholarships.

1 Dec 2017 – March 2018 – Exhibition. Satellites.

April 2018 – June 2018 – Volunteers.

For most up-to-date information on the AIDS Conference 2018** please refer to its official site (in English only). AIDS2018 news and important updates in Russian will be available here.

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*EECA region in which we operate includes the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

**Please note that official language of the AIDS Conference 2018 is English. All applications should be in English too. AFEW International is working on options for language support during the conference for EECA delegates who do not possess solid English skills. 

WHO 2017 Sondalo Training Course for TB Management and Control is Announced

World Health Organisation collaborating centre for tuberculosis and lung diseases announces training course on implementing the WHO End TB strategy and the new vision of TB Elimination: skills for managers and consultants. The training will take part in Italy on September 24 – October 7, 2017.

The overall goal of the training course is to further develop the necessary skills to plan, implement and evaluate a TB control programme, based on the new WHO End TB Strategy, with a special focus towards the 2016-2035 targets and goals’ and the ambitious vision of TB elimination.

The course uses innovative approaches, being centred around Fictitia (a fictitious country in which all consultancy activities take place and where participants are involved as temporary WHO Consultants performing a WHO country mission); it is interactive and exercise based, being a mixture of presentations, exercises, workshops, site visits and role plays based on data from Fictitia.

The course is composed of three parts: introduction; implementation of the WHO post-2015 global TB control and elimination strategy (End TB); planning and M&E of the TB control and elimination strategy in Fictitia. More information about the course and participation can be found here. Course agenda can be found here.

Application deadline: July 31, 2017
Payment deadline: August 20, 2016

For further details, queries and application forms and procedures, please contact Lia D’Ambrosio at: info@publichealthcg.ch, lia.phcg@gmail.com, liadambrosio59@gmail.com.

AFEW Announces Online E-Learning Program

cbpr-engAFEW International is starting the program that is supporting and strengthening the research capacity of organizations acting on behalf of and representing the interests of communities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA.) The purpose of the program is to increase region’s participation in AIDS2018 conference in Amsterdam. The financial support is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

The program consists of the number of activities, including training for community-based participatory research, small grants program, workshop on dissemination and abstract writing and workshop on presenting research findings on AIDS2018 Conference.

AFEW International gives program participants the opportunity to take part in online e-learning modules for further development of their research skills. The modules are also available for others who are interested in community-based participatory research. Course that costs 75 euros, includes 7 modules on the preparation and conduct of community-based participatory research.

In addition, everyone will be able to participate in the webinar on data analysis, which will be held in late spring or summer of 2017. These days, AFEW International is also working on preparation of workshop on dissemination and abstract writing for AIDS2018, which will be held in autumn of 2017. It is supposed to be available to a wider circle of people.

Community Members Learnt how to Do Research Themselves

img_111324 participants from 11 countries took part in the community-based participatory research training in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 8-10 November. Three-day training equipped participants with the skills on how to conduct community based participatory research.

Participants learnt how to form community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships and how to access community strengths and dynamics. The trainers explained how to identify priority public health issues and research questions, how to design and conduct causal, intervention or policy research.

“Being the member of the community myself, I wanted to know about how to conduct the research in the context of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and people who use drugs. Researching is very exciting, especially if you can relate to the topic. Before I did not have any similar training, but now I already have some ideas for the future work,” –director of “Community of people living with HIV in Uzbekistan” Sergey Uchayev says.

Participants became “critical friends”

img_0863The e-learning course, developed by Health[e]Foundation, AFEW and FLOWZ, within the training was meant to equip community based organizations and community members with tools and resources to conduct CBPR.

“What inspired me about people in this workshop was that although they came here two days ago from 11 different countries, they were immediately working together as one group. They became so-called “critical friends” who help and support each other in shaping first ideas into very specific, good quality research plans,” says the project manager of Health[e]Foundation.

img_0637Training participants, lots of whom were members of the communities, got the skills in doing the research and came up with new ideas. They got to know about data collection methods and drafted their research designs. Participants also noticed the practical side of the training. “During the training I came up with many ideas and was able to structure my earlier knowledge for myself. I also started to understand who these researches are for, why they should be conducted and how the results could benefit the communities,” – director of public association “Ameliya” from Kazakhstan Natalya Zholnerova is saying. – “The atmosphere during the training helped studying and sharing my own knowledge. Now I understand more how to choose the region and target group, and what donors are paying attention to.”

Grants will be soon announced

img_1164AFEW International director Anke van Dam announced about the possibility to apply for grants that will support their research. Grants for community based organizations and community members will be announced soon.

“It is very valuable that there is a possibility to write a grant proposal and implement some project in the future,” – the volunteer of Belorussian MRF “Feniks” Kateryna Parfeniuk is saying. – “Every day of this training was useful for me, and now I have valuable instruments for my future work. Informal communication with the training participants provided me with some additional ideas.”

The training in Bishkek was the first step in the capacity building program for community based organizations in order to enable them to develop and conduct CBPR, analyze collected data and present them at the AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam. The following trainings and webinars as well as the online e-course will support developing abstracts for the AIDS2018.

Further information will be available on AFEW website.

24 Participants from 11 Countries Come to the Training in Bishkek

bishkek-640-3214524 participants will take part in the community-based participatory research training that will take place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 8, 9 and 10 November 2016. Participants come from the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

There was a great interest for this training, we received more than 200 applications. Those organizations that were not selected to attend the training will be able to access all the information online. The online e-learning course that will be available from February 2017 onwards.

Those who were not selected for the first training can still be eligible for the next training and/or the call for proposals for the research grant. The next calls for applications will be announced via Facebook and on our website.

Online application for Community-Based Research training

The-main-square-of-Bishkek675AFEW (International) is organising a community-based research programme. The programme consists of several trainings and a small grants fund for community-based research projects. The programme is meant for communities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) and is aimed to result in the submission of abstracts for the International AIDS Conference 2018, which will be held in Amsterdam.

Please find herewith the link for the application here. If you have more questions about the application, please email us at research@AFEW.nl.

The training will take place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 8, 9 and 10 November 2016. This training is the first step in a community-based research programme.

We are looking for motivated participants from the EECA region with a keen interest, some experience, and familiarity with community-based research. We foresee to invite two participants per organisation: one decision maker and one research implementer. The training is free of charge.

Following the training, you will be able to access online training modules to further shape your research skills. On a later level, training participants are expected to fill in an application form for the community-based research fund. This call will be released towards the end of 2016.

We are now accepting applications to attend the training. The deadline for application is Friday 9 September 2016.

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