Gouvernement du Canada

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HIV/AIDS Knowledge Network Officer – Zambia

Statut : Comblé
Organisation : Centre for International Health
Acronyme : CIH
Type : Établissement d'enseignement
Mandat : The Centre for International Health (CIH), based in the University of Toronto's (UofT) Faculty of Medicine, is a multi-disciplinary Centre mandated to harness the research, education and service expertise of the University with the goal of improving international health and redress the "90/10 Gap" - whereby 90% of the health research spending affects only 10% of the world's population.

In 2003, the CIH launched its HIV/AIDS Initiative-Africa (The Initiative) to help it achieve its mandate. The Initiative utilizes UofT's leadership in research, education and service delivery to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The overall goal of The Initiative is to develop the research, education and service delivery capacities of partner universities through long-term programs that are holistic, collaborative and developmental in nature. The Initiative is focusing its work on partnerships with five universities in sub-Saharan Africa:

* Moi University (MU) in Eldoret, Kenya;
* The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
* The University of Namibia (UNAM) in Windhoek, Namibia
* The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
* The University of Zambia (UNZA) in Lusaka, Zambia
Adresse : University of Toronto
Health Sciences Building
569-155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario,
M5T 3M7
FAX: (416) 946-7910
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Personne ressource : Aaron Yarmoshuk
Courriel : aaron.yarmoshuk@gmail.com
Pays : Zambie
Ville : Lusaka
Secteur : Santé
Description du stage : Working with the University of Zambia and partnered with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, the Initiative is promoting and supporting the use of sport and physical education to combat HIV and AIDS. This approach is based on the proven use of sport and physical education to empower youth, especially girls, to develop self-awareness, self-esteem, life-skills and character. In light of the dominate role of men in societies in Southern Africa, a particular emphasis is the empowerment of girls and young women.

Through the leadership of the unit of Physical Education at the University of Zambia, this project seeks to integrate traditional Zambian Games and Culture (as part of Physical Education) as taught at the University of Zambia (UNZA) with empowering pedagogy modeled on work at the University of Toronto (UofT) to stimulate and institutionalize preventive education about HIV/AIDS at UNZA and subsequently through all teacher training colleges in Zambia.

In Canada
In Canada activities will consist primarily of orientation to the work of the HIV/AIDS Initiative-Africa, the staff and Associates of the CIH and its partners nationally and internationally.

There will be one deliverable during the orientation. The intern will be required to develop a draft concept paper on a key priority area agreed on by the two partner universities. This concept paper will address the focus issue of the internship, the use of physical education and sport as a prevention tool for combating HIV infection. The intern will also be required to participate in outreach activities promoting international health and internal experiences for student and youth. This will include participation in the annual Global Health Conference hosted by the Centre for International Health, if the internship starts by 4 May 2006.

After returning from the host-country, the intern will undergo a debriefing to review the outcomes of the internship and how the experience may have contributed to the attainment of the intern's career goals. The intern will be required to participate in an outreach activity arranged prior to the intern's return to Canada.

Purpose/function of the Position

Principle Tasks
1.Contribute as directed to the planning, organization and implementation of a UNZA World AIDS Day
2.Contribute as directed to the planning and organization of the strengthening of the Unit of Physical Education
3.Contribute to the planning, organization and implementation of a theme based intramural program at UNZA to promote the VCT services at UNZA
4.Contribute to the planning, organization and implementation of a co-curricular UNZA outreach program in the adjacent community of Kalingalinga.
5.Contribute to the HIV/AIDS Knowledge Network.

Secondary Tasks
1.Provide Assistance in the delivery of courses to students enrolled in Physical Education
2.Identify opportunities for collaboration with key stakeholders in Physical Education for the strengthening of the Unit of Physical Education
Organisation d'accueil : University of Zambia
Détails au sujet de l'organisation d'accueil : The University of Zambia (UNZA) is Zambia's first and largest university with an enrollment of 8,500. It is mandated to educate the future leaders of the country and conduct research that will play a significant role in the development of the country. It is situated in the capital city and is a medical and doctoral university.

In the foreword to The University of Zambia HIV and AIDS Policy, Professor Robert Serpell, Vice-Chancellor, writes, "The University of Zambia is committed to producing students who are competent, reflective, concerned and able to make useful contributions to the society in which they live. The HIV and AIDS pandemic directly impacts on the University's most valuable resource, that is, the human beings responsible for realizing our mission of "Service and Excellence". He continues, "The University Administration has a special responsibility for oversight, support and resource mobilization to ensure effective implementation of this policy and various initiatives informed by it, directed at mitigating the pandemic." (Page iv of UNZA's HIV/AIDS Policy)

The main objectives of UNZA's HIV/AIDS policy are:

- To establish guidelines for decision-making, coordination, and action on HIV and AIDS related matters in the University.
- To provide a safe learning and working environment that will be stimulating, supportive and free from discrimination.
- To guarantee learning and employment by observing the legal rights of persons living with HIV and AIDS in the University.
- To encourage sensitivity to and understanding for students, members of staff and their dependents infected or affected by HIV and AIDS.
- To provide information, education, counseling, and supportive care services that promote the personal and professional well being of students, members of staff and their dependents who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS.
- To contribute to the community efforts in mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS.