Free Online Course: Using New Media Strategically in response to HIV

Free Online Course

Using New Media Strategically in response to HIV


John Snow, Inc. and JSI Research & Training Institute – JSI has developed a self-directed, on-demand, online course that introduces social media tools for HIV prevention andhow to develop, monitor, and evaluate a social media strategy.

The course is intended to introduce the most common social media tools and ways that they can be used in response to HIV prevention. The online course also providesguidance on how to develop a social media strategy and ways to monitor and evaluate social media activities.

The course has been created as part of a JSI capacity building assistance project that helps community-based organizations improve the delivery and effectiveness of HIVprevention services for high risk and/or racial/ethnic minority populations.


Are you a journalist living openly with HIV in the Carbean?

If you are, UNAIDS is giving journalists a chance to cover the Living 2012 Summit and AIDS Conference to be held in DC in July. Those interested should email for more info.

According to, Living 2012 “is the 13th International Conference of people living with HIV and will be held on July 19 and 20, 2012, in Washington DC, USA. LIVING 2012 is an official pre-conference to the 19th International AIDS Conference AIDS 2012. The goal of LIVING 2012 is to guide and inform actions and programmes of people living with HIV networks and other stakeholders through an evidence-informed advocacy strategy developed by and for people living with HIV. One of the outcomes will be an updated Global Advocacy Agenda for people living with HIV.”


Sessions and Events at the Conference Focusing on HIV Stigma and Discrimination @2011 Caribbean HIV Conference

Making the Case: Stigma, Evidence, and Health Systems Strengthening in the Caribbean

Saturday, November 19, 5:00-6:30PM
Location : Grand F
Type: Special Sessions
Michel de Groulard , UNAIDS
Ayana Hypolite, PANCAP
This session will provide an overview of current evidence and challenges in understanding and addressing stigma and discrimination. It will explore possibilities in conceptualizing and articulating stigma and discrimination so as to make a better case on the importance of effectively reducing stigma and discrimination to policy makers and the general public. To set the stage, the session will include a presentation on stigma and disease and the current situation and challenges for the Caribbean. A member of the PANCAP Regional Stigma and Discrimination Unit will provide an overview of key findings in the 2011 assessment of stigma and discrimination in the Caribbean, followed by a presentation on what works in programming for health services and how to measure success. Finally a respondent will discuss implications for the Caribbean.

1. Christine Barrow: Challenges and Lessons on Stigma from the Caribbean
2. Sarah Adomakoh: Assessment findings related to stigma and discrimination in the Caribbean
3. Laura Nyblade: Programming for stigma reduction: what works in health care settings? What do we know about measuring stigma and discrimination in health care settings?
4. Respondent: Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaica

Making it Work: Measuring Stigma and Discrimination in Health Care Settings
Monday, November 21, 4:30-6:30PM
Location: Adonis III
Ken Morrison, México
Laura Nyblade, USA
Elizabeth Lloyd, Trinidad and Tobago

This is an interactive skills-building session that will share recent developments in measuring stigma and discrimination in health care settings, presenting measurement tools and methodologies. It will also include participatory review of indicators for measuring sigma in health care settings. At the end of the session, participants will be more familiar with up-to-date tools and approaches for measuring stigma and discrimination in health care settings in the Caribbean.

Plenary Session III and Closing Ceremony: Looking to the Future
Monday, November 21, 11:00-12:30AM
Location: Imperial E/F/G/H/IA
An AIDS-free Caribbean requires investment in Stigma and Discrimination.
Dr. Farley Cleghorn, Vice President, Futures Group.

Stigma Booth: “Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the Caribbean”
November 18-21
Location: Booth #2, Grand Foyer, Atlantis
Organized by PANCAP implementing partners with the support of Health Policy Project and Futures Group.
The above sessions are supported in part by the Health Policy Project in collaboration with PANCAP implementing partners.

The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Cooperative Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. It is implemented by Futures Group, the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Futures Institute, Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA).

Additional sessions focused on HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Stigma and Health Professionals
Saturday, November 19, 5:00-6:30PM
Location : Hermes Room
Suzette Moses-Burton

• HIV/AIDS stigma and health professionals in Puerto Rico: Research findings and implications for its reduction.
Nelson Varas-Diaz, Puerto Rico
• Fear of HIV/AIDS and perception of personal risk: Examining the impact on stigma.
Rosana Yearwood, Trinidad and Tobago
• Designing an HIV Prevention Medical Education Curriculum for Hispanic Medical Students at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School: A Model for the Caribbean.
Clemente Diaz, Puerto Rico
• Health care students’ willingness to interact with patients living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA): Examining the influence of attributions, prejudicial evaluation, perception of occupational risk and emotions.
Janiel Philip, Trinidad and Tobago

Stigma, Culture and Risk
Sunday, November 20, 3:00-4:00PM
Location : Hermes Room
Christine Barrow

• Credibility of the “AIDS Mary” contemporary legend among college students in the Dominican Republic: framing the HIV-related stigma.
Marija Miric, Dominican Republic

Gender-Based Perspective on Stigma and HIV Risk
Sunday, November 20, 5:00-6:30PM
Location : Grand A
Nanet Lopez-Cordova

• Gender Dimension of HIV-related stigma in the Dominican Republic.
Dulce Almonte Ledesma, Dominican Republic
• Developing a Computerized HIV Screening Instrument for Women at Risk for or Experiencing Violence. Jenny Namur Karp, USA

RSDU Pilot Series
Monday, November 21, 2:00-4:00PM
Location: Adonis II
•Development of a Community Driven Rights-Based Stigma
Response Model: Human-Rights Messaging Campaigns
in St Lucia, Jamaica and Dominica
Cheryl Gill-Eversley, Barbados

Increased awareness of human rights is an important prerequisite to expanding the rights-based approach to stigma reduction in the Caribbean. This workshop will present a community-driven, rights-based stigma response model that was developed and tested in response to calls from national AIDS programmers and other key stakeholders to develop strategies that effectively engage communities.

The 2011 Caribbean HIv Conference starts today in The Bahamas; special PANCAP session on migranst and HIV on Sunday

This is one conference I would have loved to attend, but unfortunately, I can’t make it. In the meantime, I’ll be following media outlets closely to see if they are reporting anything. But, i wanted to share one session that I think people should attend. As we become more integrated economically, we are also experiencing an increase in migration across these islands. Now, we have always been a people on the move–regionally and internationally. Therefore, it’s important that governments consider the health of migrants in their countries and not just their citizens.

PANCAP is hosting a session asking:  “How To Improve Access to HIV Services for Migrants in the Caribbean?”

The discussion of migrants and HIV will focuses on the legal and policy aspects of accessing HIV services for migrants in the Caribbean, as well as community and social approaches in addressing immigrant issues. The main objective of this special session is to produce recommendations that can improve access to HIV services for migrants at the legal, policy, financial, social community and service levels.

Just as we expect other governments to have the best interest (in terms of health in this case) as they reside abroad, we also need to look inward to assess how much resources we are and can dedicate to the immigrants on our doorsteps, be they from the country next door or the one across the sea.

The session takes place at 11am on Sunday in the Room Grand F at the Atlantis Resort and Casino.

PANCAP Happenings at the 2011 Caribbean HIv Conference

The Caribbean HIV conference begins tomorrow. And for the past two weeks, I’ve been getting e-mails about various events at the conference. Here’s what PANCAP will be offering.

 PANCAP Happenings at the Conference

Friday 18 November (Imperial Ballroom)
PANCAP Awards of Excellence and Recognition
Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Caribbean HIV and AIDS Conference

Saturday 19 November – Poster Presentation (Grand B – 04)
Fostering a Harmonised HIV Response in Caribbean Countries: Alignment of Country Strategic Planning With the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework
Dr. Ingrid Cox-Pierre, Strategy and Resourcing Officer, Care and Treatment, PCU

Saturday 19 November – Poster Presentation (Grand B – 08)
Implementing a Multi-Country HIV Workplace Programme in Caribbean Countries: A PANCAP Approach
Dr. Morris Edwards, Head, Strategy and Resourcing, PCU

Sunday 20 November – Poster Presentation (Grand B – 10 )
Creating an enabling environment for universal access to care, treatment and support through regional model HIV anti-discrimination policy and legislation
Ms. Ayana Hypolite, Strategy and Resourcing Officer, Stigma and Discrimination

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 November – Poster Display (Grand E – 21)
Creative partnerships to resolve unmet HIV prevention needs of students at regional tertiary level institutions
Dr. Morris Edwards, Head, Strategy and Resourcing, PCU

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 November – Poster Display (Grand D – 48)
Improving standards of psychosocial care and support for people living with HIV and most at risk communities in the Caribbean through professional guidelines
Ms. Ayana Hypolite, Strategy and Resourcing Officer, Stigma and Discrimination

Saturday 19 November – Concurrent Session (Grand G)
Ensuring Positive Health, Dignity & Prevention are Embedded in NSPs
Ms. Valerie Beach-Horne, Strategy and Resourcing Officer, Prevention

Sunday 20 November – Oral Presentation (Grand B)
Legal Responses to Governance issues in PANCAP
Ms. Volderine Hackett, Head, Strategic Information and Communication, PCU

Monday 21 November – Oral Presentation (Grand E)
Implementing Best Practice in HIV Prevention Programmes
Ms. Valerie Beach-Horne, Strategy and Resourcing Officer, Prevention

Sunday 20 November – Special Session (Grand F)
How to Improve Access to HIV Services for Migrants in the Caribbean
Dr. Robert Cazal, Project Coordinator, PANCAP/GIZ/EPOS Project “Improving Access of Migrant Populations to HIV Services in the Caribbean”