PANCAP call for applications to review the interpersonal communications (IPC) strategies of social marketing organisations

CARISMA-PANCAP is requesting applications from suitably qualified consultant(s) to document and review the interpersonal communications (IPC) strategies for HIV prevention and sexual health promotion of social marketing organisations (SMOs) with selected populations in two Caribbean countries (St Lucia and the Dominican Republic), from April – September 2012. This will involve working closely with SMOs who are part of the CARISMA programme.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 21st May 2012 at 17.00 (London time)

Full proposal information, including guidelines for submission and evaluation can be found at:


Call for Caribbean papers on sex education

As a budding researcher, one of the thing’s I’ve learned over the last few years is how difficult it is to locate peer-reviewed articles on public health research conducted throughout the Caribbean. Now, we know that the region has an active research base, but much of the knowledge gained from research studies seems to be locked away somewhere. Now, an international public health journal–Sex Education–is aiming to get more researchers from the region to submit their work.  Of course, one way to do that is to have an advocate in the region, and in that they have Professor Christine Barrow of Barbados, who recently joined Sex Education‘s editorial board.

Sex Education—the leading international journal on all aspects of sex, sexuality and sex and relationships education—is specifically welcoming contributions from the Caribbean.

Now in its eleventh year, the online journal has an extensive international readership. (Its content is available to developing world researchers and activists through the HINARI scheme.) Sex Education also boasts far-ranging content—everything from insight into Polish teens’ sexual initiation garnered from letters to the editor, to what tribal young men in Bangladesh know about preventing HIV.

In fact, the journal’s scope is more expansive than its title lets on. According to the publishers, “sex education takes place in a range of contexts—at home, in schools, through the media and the community.” Papers focusing on one or more of these settings, quantitative and qualitative studies as well as conceptual and historical analyses are welcome. Sex and relationships education, sexual and reproductive health and sexuality and rights are all on the agenda.

Barbados-based researcher, Professor Christine Barrow, recently became a member of the journal’s  editorial board. She says that there is quite a lot of research into adolescent sexuality being conducted in the Caribbean. However, most of it remains in the framework of knowledge, attitude, behaviour and practice (KABP) surveys.

“We know a lot about the ‘what’ of sexuality but not too much about the ‘why’,” she said. “We frame the research around individual attitudes and practices rather than looking at the structural drivers of sexuality. We’re still in a ‘risk’ mode, rather than the ‘vulnerability’ mode which takes a look into the wider environment to assess issues like gender and generational inequalities.”

Barrow said that looking upstream to answer why things are as they are will ultimately lead to better understanding of our context and more responsive programs and policies. She encourages Caribbean participation in this global process.

Inquiries may be addressed to“>Christine Barrow and editor,“>Peter Aggleton

source: PANCAP.

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”

Web-based MSM survey going on now

This news comes by way of PANCAP.

“The first of its kind in the Caribbean, CARIMIS: Caribbean Men Internet Survey 2011 is happening all over the Caribbean. It is the largest ever Caribbean survey of gay men, transgender, bisexual men and other men who are attracted to men. It is an initiative of the UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team.

“It asks about relationships, sex life, risks and precautions and use of health services. One of the goals is to see whether gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) have access to HIV testing and prevention.

In the Caribbean, HIV prevalence among the MSM population ranges from 6.7 percent in Suriname to 32 percent in Jamaica. This is compared to an estimated adult prevalence in the region of one percent. The need to respond meaningfully to the MSM community in the Caribbean is obvious and urgent yet little is known about this key population.

“With this in mind, the CARIMIS seeks to collect information about the lives of MSM throughout the English, French, Spanish and Dutch-speaking Caribbean over a three month period starting from October 2011. The internet based survey is anonymous and the questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete. It aims to assess behavioural risks among Caribbean MSM while reaching populations who are inaccessible through more traditional sampling methods.

“CARIMIS offers a new approach to collecting Caribbean-wide but country-specific HIV behavioural risk data that may complement current traditional national and regional MSM studies. This will enable UNAIDS as well as our HIV collaborating partners to better estimate the magnitude of the HIV epidemic among Caribbean MSM,” said research associate, Sylette Henry-Buckmire.

“It is expected that the internet interface will attract more honest responses and therefore offer a better understanding of HIV infection dynamics within the Caribbean MSM community. Also successful implementation of this web-based MSM survey will inform similar studies for other highly stigmatized groups such as commercial sex workers.”

For further information on CARIMIS please contact Dr. Michel de Groulard at