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Muturi, Nancy; Bhardwaj, Sanjana A.; Ramsay, Donnette Hope; Bain, Brendan C.
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Caribbean Institute of Media Communication
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Curriculum development across discipline as part of a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in the Caribbean
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131st Annual Meeting of American Public Health Association
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Nov 15-19, 2003
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San Franciso
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Abstract
The Caribbean region is today the world's second most affected region by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It has been well recognized that a multi sectoral approach is needed to effectively combat this epidemic. Education can be used purposefully as a channel for prevention and care and support issues surrounding HIV infection. There must be a wholehearted effort to mainstream HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and life skills education into the curriculum of every learning institution. The objective being to empower participants to live sexually responsible and healthy lives. This paper describes the curriculum planning process undertaken by a tertiary level institution across campuses, across disciplines and at all levels of education as part of the comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. The barriers and facilitators to this process are identified. It is also important for the subject area to be professionalised. A core group of educators and teachers with the necessary skills to deal with sensitive issues needs to be created. As part of the curriculum development process, a macro and micro curriculum matrix was designed. This is a useful tool which can be used to fully integrate HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and life skill education across the disciplines and at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses. This approach has the potential to bridge the boundary between the insides of an institution and the outside world.....
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