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AIDS Public Policy Training Project
Director: Joan Kaufman
The AIDS epidemic is among the most critical global development challenges of the 21 st century. Effective national AIDS responses require the participation and collaboration of a wide range of governmental agencies and non governmental organizations in policy making and implementation. While much global attention has focused on the need for such responses, there remain few efforts to systematically train non-health actors on the rationale for such programs and the specific sector programs and activities required. The AIDS Public Policy Training Project was created in 2003 to serve this purpose.
The goal of the training course is to develop the capacity of government officials, including those outside the health sectors, to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It trains political leaders about the determinants and potential impacts of AIDS and about successful strategies and governance for an effective rights-based and multi-sectoral response, including the contributions of NGOs, civil society and the private sector in responses worldwide. The course presents HIV/AIDS as a development issue requiring government leadership for multi-sectoral responses, introduces international and local best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and impact mitigation, reviews the main debates at the global and national levels about the HIV/AIDS response, and offers practical strategies for improving leadership and inter-sectoral and multi level collaboration and partnerships on HIV/AIDS policies and programs for a comprehensive response of linked prevention, treatment and impact mitigation.
Project Sites: The AIDS Public Policy Training Project has worked in China and Vietnam. The first China training took place in January 2004 and the Vietnam program was launched in January 2006. The China project is a joint initiative between Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management in Beijing. The Vietnam project is a collaboration between Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy and the Health Policy Initiative.
AIDS Public Policy Training Program Teaching Model: