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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: organising effective responses (SRHResp)

In this course, participants examine how to improve access to equitable, quality sexual and Reproductive Health/ HIV and AIDS services with a focus on rights, while improving integration of services as well as voice and participation.

3 weeks
Course Period
from 08/04/2024 until 30/04/2024
KIT Amsterdam


Improving access to equitable and quality sexual and reproductive health related services is a major priority in global public health. This makes effective organisation of these services critical.

This module puts rights at the centre of SRHR and builds on contemporary evidence to critically analyse effective responses across the constituent parts of the health system and beyond. Participants critically examine synergies and efficiencies, and the trade-offs that need to made in the process of service strengthening within and beyond the domain of SRHR.

The module focuses on considerations of equity, voice, accountability and participation in the organisation of responses and services, and concentrates on making services accessible to marginalised groups. This module translates the principles of sound SRHR/HIV and AIDS responses into practice.

Effective written communication and advocating to a lay audience regarding SRHR is a key competency which will be developed through writing a news release on SRHR policy, services and/or special target groups.

This course is TropEd accredited and can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the Master in International Health or the Master of Public Health programmes. It is aimed at senior health managers and professionals working in sexual and public health.


At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • describe and analyze components of effective SRHR responses, including HIV in the context of health system in low and middle income countries
  • analyse existing SRHR services from the perspective of marginalized and vulnerable groups and provide recommendations on how to enhance equitable access and quality of care
  • use evidence to formulate and clearly communicate context-appropriate strategies to address issues related to SRHR to diverse audiences (a news release for general public and constructive feedback to peers)critically analyse various concepts related to sexual and reproductive health and rights within a development context


  • Organizing effective responses to SRHR including HIV and concepts health systems and service delivery
  • Organizing human resources for health and changing roles and responsibilities of the health sector in responding to SRHR including HIV
  • Monitoring and evaluation of SRHR programs
  • Key aspects of SRHR and HIV programs, e.g.: adolescents and youth-friendly health services, family planning, abortion, quality of care, maternal, new born, and child health, Gender Based Violence, (GBV), Counseling and Testing and ART services, including attention to health advocacy and health promotion
  • Opportunities for synergies and considerations for integrations of services: e.g. Prevention Mother To Child Transmission and Family Planning (FP), FP and sexual health, STI and HIV
  • Continuum of Care models for SRHR and how to organise them
  • Reducing stigma and discrimination and ensuring sexual and reproductive rights
  • Enhancing accountability and participation of marginalized and vulnerable groups in organizing responses
  • Client-centered approaches to SRHR including motivational interviewing
  • Advocacy, writing a news release, giving peer feedback

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Admission criteria

  • Academic training or a professional qualification in a relevant field
  • Work experience in a related area, including experience in management or planning in developing countries
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English

Application procedure

The application package is due two months before the start of the course.

Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:

  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • Copies of your diplomas and grade reports
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable

What we expect from your motivation letter:

Please indicate in your motivation letter why you want to follow this specific course, why you want to follow the course at KIT Amsterdam, what do you expect to learn and how you will apply your newly gained competencies from the course in your work, what kind of benefits will it bring to your future career, etc. Describe a relevant problem you have experienced in the last two years that you would like to discuss during this specific course. Your motivation should be about ½-1 page. Please do not repeat your CV again.

This course can be taken on its own, or as advanced module of the Master of Public Health (MPH)  or Master in International Health (MIH) programme.

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Practical information


Classes are held at KIT’s training facilities in Amsterdam.


There is a severe shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam and participants are advised to contact KIT for information. KIT will endeavour to assist participants in their search for housing.

Visa requirements

Citizens of most EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. Visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on visa requirements.

Participants from other countries must obtain a short-stay visa (for up to three months) through the Netherlands embassy or consulate covering the applicant’s country. Applicants will need a letter of admission to the course and proof of sponsorship or sufficient funds to cover the course fee, travel and accommodation costs. Applicants should take into account that in some countries this procedure can take several months.

European Credit

The European Credit Transfer System (EC) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A course comprising 28 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one EC credit point.

Insurance requirements

Course participants and accompanying dependents are required by Dutch law to have health, accident and third party insurance. Unless their current insurance policy covers their stay abroad, participants must insure themselves and their dependents in the Netherlands. Dutch insurance companies offer reasonable rates to foreign students. KIT can assist with arranging insurance.


This course is also accredited for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

I work as a deputy manager in the Federal Ministry of Health within the department for emergency and humanitarian action. We cover natural disasters and conflict-affected areas, which, sadly, are numerous. By designing and implementing capacity building programmes, and working together with health partners and international donors, we try to improve our public health sector at regional levels. I came to KIT because I wanted to add more knowledge to my experience. I hope that my master’s degree from KIT will help me to influence decision-makers in Sudan.
One of our former master students Shaza Sidahmed from Sudan Medical Doctor, Working for Federal Ministry of Health


The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or scholarships.

Scholarship information

Scholarships Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

Unfortunately the OKP programme has ended. For 2024 there are no scholarship rounds.

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Discounts and Fees

We offer a range of discounts for early bird applicants, alumni, tropEd students and groups. See below the discounts and fees for this course on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Organising Effective Responses. See for more information about our discounts for groups and other short courses on our exclusive discount page.

Regular course fee€2.390,-Start date: 8-4-2024
Early bird fee€2031,-Paid before: 8-1-2024
Alumni discount€1.912,-
tropEd fee€2031,-

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  • Teaching by highly qualified specialists
  • Positively reviewed by tropEd
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