Mozambique: Twinning Center Partners in Mozambique and the U.S. Develop Positive Prevention Toolkit (April 2010)


With support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), HIV/AIDS Twinning Center partners at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, in close collaboration with their Mozambican counterparts at Namaacha Health Center and Esperanza-Beluluane Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center, developed a comprehensive toolkit that provides information, training materials and technical assistance for organizations looking to implement a prevention program for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The content of the toolkit, which is based on two intervention studies conducted in the United States, was adapted by partners to local HIV risk factors and care options in Mozambique.

The curriculum is designed to train staff and volunteers about the prevention and care needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in Mozambique. The goal of these programs is to prevent re-infection and co-infection of HIV among those already living with the virus, as well as among sero-discordant couples. Topics such as helping people living with HIV/AIDS to disclose their status, negotiating steps to reduce risk of HIV infection, and preventing transmission to partners and children are covered.

The materials contained in the toolkit are based on two successful "Prevention with Positives" programs in Maputo Province - a clinic-based intervention at Namaacha Health Center and a community-based intervention at Esperanza-Beluluane Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center.

The toolkit, training manual, and other positive prevention materials are available online in English and Portuguese at: www.positiveprevention.ucsf.edu.


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