Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS (SRHR HIVAIDS)

An in-depth look at important issues and current debates in sexual reproductive health policy, including HIV and AIDS, towards more inclusive and rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health.

This course is tropEd accredited and is intended for public health professionals looking to elevate their capabilities in sexual and reproductive health. It can be followed as a stand-alone course or as part of the Master in International Health or Master of Public Health programmes.

Start
18/03/2019
Duration
3 weeks
Course period
from 18/03/2019 to 05/04/2019
Course fee
EUR 2130
Location
KIT, Amsterdam
EC
4,5
Language
English
KIT application deadline OKP applicants
22/09/2018
OKP application deadline
22/10/2018
KIT application deadline other funding
13/01/2019

“The MPH study program was comprehensive and mixed of theories, practices, skills, tools to apply the knowledge, and real examples from developing countries. Program topics were all interesting and relevant to practical work in the field. With what I learned I can contribute to strengthening the policy and strategies relevant to health in Afghanistan.”

Khalid Sharifi from Afghanistan, MPH/ICHD 2010, background medical doctor, now working as Managing Director of Afghan NGO, Social and Health Development Program (SHDP).

“In our time, organizations and technology are evolving so rapidly that health care professionals must continually seek new skills and perspectives that enable them not only to respond to change, but also to anticipate it. And this is exactly what we were trained in KIT. Besides these academic competencies that are making a lot of difference in what I do now, staying and studying in Amsterdam also had positive effects in many ways; the principles of “equal opportunity for all people, irrespective of gender, age, race or religion” were visible in all aspects of the Dutch life.”

John Kingsley Krugu from Ghana, MPH/ICHD 2010, background in biological sciences, now PHD Research Fellow at Maastricht University.

“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.”

Shaza Sidahmed from Sudan, MPH/ICHD 2012, background medical doctor. Working for Federal Ministry of Health.

“At KIT I was particularly impressed about the course content, the teaching staff composed of world class public health experts and leading academics and researchers, as well as the support staff whose teaching, guidance and administrative support combined to improve my academic orientation and shape my thoughts about public health and its practice.”

Francis-Xavier Andoh-Adjei from Ghana, MPH/ICHD 2010, now working as Deputy Director for Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation and International Relations at the National Health Insurance Authority in Ghana. He is enrolled at Radboud University Medical Centre-Nijmegen as PHD Researcher in Health Systems and Policy.

As a health manager by profession I have mainly worked in the Netherlands. This MPH/ICHD has given me the opportunity to look beyond the borders of my home country. I did not only gain knowledge but also worked with health workers from 25 different countries which had a huge impact on my own ideas about global health. Working in an International health environment was a real privilege and I have enjoyed every moment.”

Fried Lammerink from the Netherlands, MPH/ICHD 2009, educational background: Nursing & Management. Now working as Policy Advisor Government of Lesotho.

Content

Sexual and reproductive health includes a range of issues that affect the health of women and men at all stages in their lives. Driven by women’s and human rights movements, there has been a shift in the international arena from primarily focusing on population control and safe motherhood towards more inclusive and rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health.

In addition to maternal and neonatal, health, family planning and other aspects of reproductive health, sexual health is key.  Both HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have a dramatic impact on the social and economic circumstances of both individuals and societies. Improvements in sexual and reproductive health require more than a biomedical response; effective responses focus to gender roles, identities, social norms, values and address deep taboos. These factors all contribute substantially to the type of interventions that health managers and professionals need to provide.

The module explores the causes, consequences and patterns of across a range of SRH issues: sexual health, family planning, infertility , antenatal, perinatal, postpartum health, newborn health, abortion, adolescent health, gender based violence and HIV.

The module also explores key considerations for SRHR and HIV policy and practice: such as gender; rights based approaches; sexuality; stigma and discrimination; and ethics. Participants will explore their own norms and values in relation to sexuality and the way these drive the problems and the response to the problems. Specific attention will be provided to groups that are not sufficiently reached by SRH services, such as adolescents and people with disabilities.

Practical information

Location

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

Accommodation

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

Visa requirements

Citizens of most countries of the 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 months.

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.

Funding

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

OKP scholarships

For this course and a number of other KIT courses funding from the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is available for applicants from OKP countries. See the OKP page for more information.  See top of this page for the OKP deadline for this course. Applicants from OKP countries are strongly encouraged to apply for an OKP scholarship.

European Credit

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

Accreditation

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

Application

Admission criteria

  • Academic training or professional qualification in a relevant area
  • 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 describing your motivation to follow the course
  • Copies of your diplomas and grade reports
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable

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

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