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.
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.
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Improving access to equitable and quality sexual and reproductive health, including HIV and AIDS 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 the best contemporary evidence to critically analyse effective responses across the constituent parts of the health system. It also addresses serious questions on the evolving role of health system in the process of addressing SHR/HIV and AIDS i.e. When, whether or how should the health system lead, follow or facilitate? Participants critically examine synergies and efficiencies, and the trade-offs that need to made in the process of integrating different kinds of services within and without 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.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- critically analyse various concepts related to sexual and reproductive health and rights within a development context
- explain and present trends and patterns on a range of SRHR issues and analyse the factors driving them
- analyse SRH issues and concepts from a rights based perspective
- identify and discuss principles of context specific best practice and interventions in the area of SRHR
- translate their understanding of SRHR issues and their causes into local and national intervention strategies
- discuss and analyse components of effective SRHR responses; translating evidence into practice
- identify and utilise opportunities for synergies across SRHR programmes and Health systems components
- critically analyse existing SRHR services from the perspective of marginalised and vulnerable communities and provide recommendations on how to enhance voice and equitable access
- evaluate and recommend context appropriate programs and interventions
- Contemporary best practice in effectively responding to SRHR and HIV
- Changing roles and responsibilities of the health sector in response to SRHR and HIV
- Key aspects of programmes, e.g. youth-friendly health services, family planning, safe abortion, quality of care, maternal and newborn health, basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric services, (V)CT services, PMTCT services, ART services
- Opportunities for synergies and considerations for service integration: e.g. PMTCT and FP, FP and sexual health, STI and HIV
- Continuum of Care models for SHRH and HIV and how to organise them
- Reducing stigma and discrimination, and ensuring rights
- Enhancing voice, accountability and participation of marginalised and vulnerable communities in organising responses
- State of the art in effectively responding to SRHR and HIV
- Changing roles and responsibilities of the health sector in responding to SRHR and HIV
- Key aspects of programmes, e.g.: youth-friendly health services, family planning, safe abortion, quality of care, maternal and new born health, basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric services, (V)CT services, PMTCT services, ART services
- Opportunities for synergies and considerations for integrations of services: e.g. PMTCT and FP, FP and sexual health, STI and HIV
- 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
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
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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.
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.
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.
The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or scholarships.
For this course and a number of other KIT courses funding from the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP, former NFP) 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.
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.
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.
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