Welcome to Global Vision, an on-line resource that connects educators and program planners with the latest, most compelling, international sexuality education, HIV and AIDS prevention, and sexual and reproductive health interventions and practices.
SIECUS has looked at promising practices in sexuality education, reproductive health, and HIV prevention used in countries around the world. We have chosen programs and materials based on their uniqueness, demonstrated success, ability to reach marginalized or at-risk populations, and potential for replication.
This page includes the reviews of the most innovative resources we have discovered. We believe these reviews will help educators and advocates worldwide identify needs of adults and young people they serve, fill gaps in existing programs, and implement sexuality education programs or campaigns that address the needs of their school, community, or region.
Adolescent Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Training Manuals, Levels 1-3
Producer: Government of Cross River State of Nigeria Ministry of Education in partnership with Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) Nigeria
Country/Region: Nigeria/ West Africa
Summary: The Girls’ Power Initiative of Nigeria provides a three-year, comprehensive sexuality education program for girls ages 10–18.The program is supported by three age-appropriate training manuals developed to help educators implement an incremental sexuality education program for three (overlapping) age levels ( Level 1:10–12 years, Level 2: 11–15 years, Level 3: 12–16 years and above). The program and training manuals are unique in that they recognize that age is not the sole indicator of a girl’s maturity level. Therefore, girls are individually assessed upon registration and are grouped together in cohorts based on their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. The program is designed to be implemented once a week with groups of up to 25 girls over a three year time period. The three training manuals provide program facilitators with many different lessons for discussing sexuality, gender rights, and sexual reproductive health issues with girls. The lessons guide facilitators through discussions on gender norms, empowerment, self-image, values, harmful traditional practices, decision-making, and sexuality. They also include guidelines for leading discussions, writing exercises, and participatory activities on sexuality.
All Together Now: Community Mobilisation for HIV/AIDS and Tools Together Now
Producer: International HIV/AIDS Alliance Frontiers Prevention Project
Summary: These two resources, which are designed to be used together, walk advocates through the process of mobilizing their community to address HIV prevention, care, and treatment, and include over 100 activities. The Community Mobilisation Guide includes a glossary of key concepts, a list of additional resources, and a comprehensive outline of six stages of community planning and mobilization. Tools Together Now include information and participatory learning activities that facilitators can use in their community.
For more information: DownloadAll Together Now Community Mobilisation: http://synkronweb.aidsalliance.org
Download Tools Together Now
Building blocks: Africa-wide Briefing notes: Young Children and HIV
Producer: International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Summary: This guide for creating and strengthening support for children under 8 years of age who are living with HIV and AIDS, is divided into two sections: one on the social and emotional impact of HIV and AIDS on children and the other on the physical impact.
The guide includes strategies for talking to children about HIV and death, nutritional information, and medicinal information.
For more information: http://allianceuk.inforce.dk
“Community Conversation” Peer Counselors Field Brochure: A Guide to Conduct Communication Activities to Support Safe Sex Behavior
Producer: The National HIV/STI Control Programme Ministry of Health, Jamaica
Country/Region: Jamaica/ Caribbean
Summary: This colorful and well-thought-out guide prepares future peer educators for conducting community-based safer sexuality education activities using a behavior change communication approach. It provides six activities, an overview of misconceptions and facts about HIV and STIs for individuals ages 15–49, and offers advice on communicating about sexuality and approaching sexual health topics with partners. The guide provides a list of referral and support agencies.
For more information: http://www.jamaica-nap.org/hiv_jam.html
Community-BasedComprehensive Sexuality Education and Advocacy Programs
Producer: Action Health Incorporated (AHI)
Country/Region: Nigeria, West Africa
Summary: Action Health Inc. is a Nigerian-based sexuality education and reproductive health service organization that provides comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly reproductive health services for young people in Nigeria. Through its community-based education and advocacy programs, AHI promotes and provides sexuality education through many channels, including community-based activities, youth and teacher conferences, advocacy efforts with key agents of change, and trainings for journalists and media representatives on adolescent sexuality and reproductive health. It conducts comprehensive sexuality education using peer educators at youth clubs, in schools, through edutainment dramas, and by serving young people at their state-of-the-art youth center which also houses a youth-friendly health services clinic.
Decision-Making Tool for Family Planning Clients and Providers
Producer: World Health Organization (Department of Reproductive Health and Research) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Language: English. (French and Spanish versions are coming soon. The tool will be eventually translated into 16 languages.)
Summary: This educational tool is to be used by healthcare providers and sexuality educators to help individuals learn about and choose appropriate and effective methods of contraception. The flip book provides step-by-step instructions for the provider/educator to help consumers make their own decisions based on personal preferences, sexual behavior, and their individual protection and contraception needs. The guide includes information on 14 methods of family planning such as the medical eligibility criteria, side effects, when to start, and how to use each method. Field-tested and found to be effective, the tool is easily adaptable for various regions and communities.
Effective Training in Reproductive Health: Course Design and Delivery
Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian
Summary: This thorough reproductive and sexual health training manual walks trainers and facilitators through the basic steps of effective training from how to select good training sites through adult learning theory. This guide identifies various ways of effectively communicating with different adult learning styles. The material also emphasizes culturally sensitive, non-judgmental, factually correct, and positive methods of communicating lessons on condom use, sexual violence, and abortion counseling, among other sexual health topics.
For more information: http://www.ipas.org/Publications
Empowering Young Women to Lead Change
Producer: UNFPA and World YWCA
Language: English, Spanish, French
Summary: Designed by and for young women and field-tested globally, this training manual provides young women with the tools and guidance for leading empowering and educational activities among peer groups. Through guided and participatory activities, the manual helps women gain insight into issues such as HIV and AIDS, human rights, self-esteem and body image, sexual and reproductive health, and gender-based violence, and to conceptualize personal responses to these issues. The manual is designed with the intent that young women, rather than “expert facilitators,” will lead, train, and mobilize their peers.
For more information:
http://www.unfpa.org/publications/detail.cfm?ID=304 or email request to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
Family Life Education: Teaching Adults to Communicate with Youth From a Muslim Perspective
Producer: USAID, Family Health International, YouthNet
Country/Region: Tanzania/Global (Muslim Communities Around the World)
Summary: This culturally sensitive manual, which includes six workshops for adult and youth participants, aims to address sexual health and life skills issues in an Islamic context. Topics are approached through or in tandem with Qur’anic texts and hadith. The manual prepares workshop facilitators for effectively communicating with youth on reproductive health information, including sexual development, HIV/AIDS, STIs, pregnancy, family planning, and gender roles. It also includes guidelines for role-playing and discussion games.
For more information: http://www.fhi.org/en/Youth/YouthNet/Publications/FLE/index.htm or email, email@example.com
FESADE: Program for the Sexual Education of Adolescents (Programme d’education à la sexualité des adolescents et adolescentes)
Producer: FESADE in collaboration with the International Women’s Health Coalition
Country/Region: Cameroon/Francophone West Africa
Summary: This sexuality education curriculum, which is comprised of 21 modules and a guide, provides young people with information about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This sexuality education program was implemented by the NGOFemmes-Santé-Development (FESADE) in Cameroon, West Africa to address numerous problems that affect an adolescent’s sexual health, includingunintended pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.The program and accompanying comprehensive sexuality education manual teaches about communication and decision-making, discusses what being in a respectful rights-based relationship means, and promotes positive sexuality. Activities are designed to help adolescents build self-esteem, teach them about their bodies, and help them protect themselves from HIV infection. The curriculum is designed so schools, communities, and government leaders can help parents discuss sexuality issues with their children.It emphasizes instilling a positive sexual identity and good decision-making through accurate information and critical thinking. The goal is to help adolescents make informed choices based on their own values. Each of the 21 modules focuses on different aspects of sexual health and identity; themes covered include reproductive anatomy, puberty, reproduction, contraception, STIs and HIV/AIDS, drug use, sexual violence, commercial sexual exploitation, sexual expression, self-affirmation, gender roles, communication in relationships, and relationships.
For more information: http://www.iwhc.org
Gender or Sex: Who Cares?
Producer: Ipas and Health and Development Networks (HDN)
Summary: This set includes curriculum cards, overheard transparencies, handouts, and a facilitator manual. This uniquely and attractively packaged curriculum, takes a gender sensitive approach to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and strives to clarify the distinction between “sex” and “gender” and to recognize gender stereotypes. It includes role-playing, discussions, and participatory exercises that help participants consider the effects of gender stereotypes on violence, SRH, and daily life.
For more information: http://www.ipas.org, or telephone 919.960.6453.
Good Lovers: A New Concept of Sex Education
Producer: Sensoa (developed by a Belgian-Flemish organization)
Summary: This sex-positive sexuality education manual is recommended for those working with youth, and attempts to put forth a realistic concept of adolescent sexuality. It condemns using a moralistic approach when working with young people; rejects gender stereotypes; and supports the right of young people to make their own decisions about sex, to express and enjoy themselves sexually, to feel safe, and to access accurate information about sexuality, contraception, and protection. The publication argues that parents, peers, schools, media, and other experts all play complementary roles in teaching young people about sexuality in a meaningful way. The manual covers a range of sexuality issues and is comprehensive in its approach.
For more information: http://www.sensoa.be/downloadfiles_shop/concept_good_lovers.pdf
Guide to Participatory Production of Resources for HIV Prevention Among Vulnerable Populations
Producer: International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Asia Pacific Network of Sex Work Projects
Country/Region: Global (Asia Pacific)
Summary: This document is an introductory guide to producing Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for use in HIV-prevention and care programs with “key populations” (e.g. men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, people living with HIV/AIDS, and sex workers). This guide provides a basic seven-step approach to developing and disseminating information, education, and communication materials in targeted at-risk communities.
For more information: http://www.aidsalliance.org/sw21318.asp
Happy, Healthy and Safe Sexuality and Life Skills Project and Our Future: Sexuality and Life Skills Education for Young People
Producer: International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Zambia Ministry of Education, Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia, Family Health Trust Zambia
Country/Region: Zambia/Southern and EasternAfrica
Summary: Planned Parenthood of Zambia and Family Health Trust Zambia implemented Happy, Healthy and Safe Sexuality and Life Skills Project in grades four through nine in 14 Zambian schools. The process began with a sexuality, gender, and HIV awareness workshop for teachers to allow them to explore their knowledge and values and improve their comfort in talking about sexuality issues with students. As part of the project, the organizations produced three Our Future student textbooks tailored for students in grades four and five, six and seven, and eight and nine. Students contributed their questions, stories, problem letters and pictures to the textbooks. The result is richly illustrated textbooks with games, role-playing activities, classroom discussions, and colorful handouts/written activities that are intended to facilitate self-reflection and dialogue on children’s rights, sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, gender roles, life skills, and decision-making. The activities and handouts encourage behavior change communication by requiring students to respond verbally and in writing to different scenarios and to speak to older siblings, friends, and adults.
For more information: http://www.aidsalliance.org
HIV/AIDS Training Manual for Peer Education
Producer: The National HIV/STI Control Programme, Jamaica Ministry of Health
Date: Not Indicated
Summary: This 10-module manual provides facilitators in the Caribbean with timed lesson plans and handouts for group activities on HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, sexuality, and other sexual reproductive health topics. It includes guidelines for ensuring participatory learning. For example, one module includes role-play activities for teaching correct condom use and condom negotiation skills. The guide also aims to counter myths about HIV/AIDS and STI and to foster understanding about sexual expression and sexuality. Equally important, it addresses understanding differences about sexual beliefs and includes role plays about same-sex partners, early sexual involvement, multiple partners, and sexual infidelity. The guide encourages participants to assess their feelings and build upon their life skills for their sexual health.
For more information: http://www.moh.gov.jm/HIV_AIDS.html
Innovative Community-based Distribution of Female Condoms Initiative
Producer: Population Services International (PSI)
Summary: This social marketing campaign is aimed at fostering an environment supportive of women’s use of female condoms. Research has demonstrated that interpersonal communication strategies are the most effective way of promoting use, and that women are more likely to buy female condoms when the product is available in reliable, discreet, and female-friendly outlets. Therefore, as part of this campaign, PSI trained hairdressers to provide facts about HIV/AIDS, demonstrate proper condom use, and sell condoms to their customers. Many women in Zimbabwe visit hair salons on a regular basis, and salons offers a unique setting for women to touch and feel the product and discuss sensitive issues surrounding condom use. To date, PSI has trained over 1,000 hairdressers at over 820 salons and is expanding the initiative to male barbers. A study funded by the Department of International Development in the UK revealed that women who had seen a female condom demonstration by a hairdresser were 2.5 times more likely to use the product than those who had not. In 2006, hair salon distribution accounted for over 5 percent of the 1.4 million female condoms sold in Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe now has the highest sales of female condoms per capita in the world.
For more information: http://www.psi.org/our_programs/products/female_condom.html
It’s My Life: a Guide for Men about HIV and AIDS; It’s My Life: a Guide for Women about HIV and AIDS; Living Positively: a Guide About HIV and AIDS; and Understanding HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections
Producer: International Aids Alliance in the Caribbean
Summary: Using clear text and anecdotal dialogue (in Caribbean Patois/Creole), these brightly illustrated booklets explain HIV/AIDS, including modes of transmission, prevention methods, and ways to live positively with HIV/AIDS. The guides address the needs and concerns of specific groups (e.g. women, men, HIV positive people), and encourage the use of condoms, HIV testing, and communication between friends, sexual partners, and HIV/AIDS counselors. Each guide also includes a list of service and support organizations in the Caribbean for people seeking information, counseling, testing, and treatment.
For more information: http://www.aidsalliance.org/sw40207.asp, or request from http://www.aidsalliance.org
Life Planning Skills: A Curriculum for Young People in Africa
Producer: African Youth Alliance, Republic of Botswana Ministry of Health
Country/Region: Botswana/ Southern Africa
Summary: This three-part manual covers sexual development, health, sexuality, values, goals, and decision-making. Each section includes activities, procedures, and key points which serve as guidelines for the facilitators. The manual also provides suggestions for creative teaching techniques such as group-work, using various media, role-playing, drama, and songs.
For more information: http://www.ayaonline.org
MEMA Kwa Vijana (Good Things For Young People)
Producer: African Medical and Research Foundation(AMREF) Tanzania, Tanzanian Ministries of Health and Education, Tanzanian Institute For Medical Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Country/Region: Tanzania/East Africa
Language: English and Kiswahili
Summary: MEMA Kwa Vijana is an innovative sexual and reproductive health intervention program based in Mwanza, Tanzania that was implemented in two phases between 1998 and 2001 in 62 primary schools and 18 health facilities. It was the first program in Africa of its kind to be evaluated. MEMA kwa Vijana, which roughly translated means Good Things For Young People, included four main components: in-school sexual and reproductive health education; youth-friendly reproductive health services, community-based condom promotion and distribution, and community activities.
The evaluation, which was based on interviews with young people who attended the schools that implemented the program, looked at the long-term (seven years) impact of the intervention on reported sexual behavior, sexual and reproductive health knowledge and attitudes, and HIV and other STIs. It found significant improvements in the participant’s reproductive health knowledge, significant improvements in reproductive health attitudes, and significant improvements in several reported sexual behaviors. However, the intervention had no consistent impact on the incidence of HIV and other STIs, or on pregnancy rates.
The project team also developed a training package designed for four different categories of educators (regional and district officers, ward education coordinators, and teachers) who are influential in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health education in primary school in Tanzania. The training package includes a curriculum that uses stories to impart messages of sexual health to students by following the characters’ actions and consequences. It also include quizzes, reflection exercises, and flip charts designed to be used by primary teachers in the classroom.
For more information: http://tanzania.amref.org/,
Men As Partners® (MAP) Program
Country/Region: 18 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.
Summary: EngenderHealth established Men As Partners® (MAP), aprogram implemented by individuals, community and national non-governmental organizations, faith-based institutions, government agencies, and international development partners. MAP is committed to preventing gender-based violence (including sexual violence) and HIV and AIDS, and improving sexual and reproductive health. Through a variety of activities including community-based events, workshops, social marketing campaigns, educational posters, and discussion groups, the MAP program encourages men and women to enjoy equitable and healthy relationships by helping men to reduce their own risk-taking behaviors, take a stand against sexual violence, and become actively involved in reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS. MAP works to challenge traditional gender roles and attitudes about “what makes a man,” enhance men’s support for their partners’ reproductive health, increase men’s access to reproductive health services, and mobilize men to support gender equity and prevent gender-based violence. The MAP initiative trains professionals and peer educators using the Men As Partners Program Manual for Life Skills Educators and the Men’s Reproductive Health Curriculum.
To date, EngenderHealth has developed Men As Partners programs in over 18 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. In South Africa, the project supports an additional program entitled, I Am A Partner. The program includes a website (http://www.iamapartner.org) which provides materials and events that educate and engage men on gender and reproductive and sexual health issues.
EngenderHealth has also developed Counseling and Communicating with Men a trainer’s resource guidefor counseling men on sexual reproductive health both individually and with their partners. This guide is intended for use by experienced trainers who are already familiar with adult learning concepts and a range of training techniques.
For more information: http://www.engenderhealth.org
Mongolian Adolescent Reproductive Health Project (“PO Zorgaa”)
Producer: Mongolian Government, in Association with UNFPA
Country/Region: Mongolia/Central Asia
Language: English, Mongolian
Summary: The Mongolian government’s reproductive health education plan was designed to enable adolescents to reduce high-risk sexual behavior, with the ultimate objectives of reducing teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and physical abuse. The program, which targets students in grades three through ten, has four sexual and reproductive health components: formal education in schools, informal education designed to reach young people outside the classroom, information and communication via print and electronic media, and clinic services. The government also develops and provides teacher support materials, audio-visual materials, and student textbooks for younger and older students. “Master Trainers” prepared a corps of specialized health education teachers to teach this curriculum. The program also involves young people in its continued development through a “Teen Board,” which serves as an integral part of clinic operation. The Board consists of six to eight members from different grade levels and provides guidance and assistance in the implementation of clinical services for adolescents. The comprehensive sexuality education curricula for schools and a sexual health newspaper for teens have been the most successful elements of the project.
For more information: http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/qcq/qcq12.pdf
My Changing Body: Fertility Awareness for Young People
Producer: Institute for Reproductive Health, Family Health International, YouthNet
Summary: This interactive training manual is designed for adults who teach young people, ages 10–14, about puberty and reproductive health. Although it is not a comprehensive sexuality education manual, it goes into detail about sexual development and fertility awareness to help young people understand their maturing bodies and how to protect their own reproductive health. This fun and engaging manual discusses the physical and emotional changes of puberty. It is based on the belief that young people have a right to accurate information about their sexuality and reproductive health. The manual can be used as supplemental material for a comprehensive sexuality education program in schools, clubs, and community organizations. It provides facilitators with step-by-step instructions for executing activities, and addresses menstruation, masturbation, hygiene, sexual development, and myths. The manual utilizes participatory learning by using role-playing, flashcards, and, in particular, a “fertility awareness necklace” to explain how to track the menstrual cycle.
For more information: http://www.fhi.org
My Future, My Choice Peer Life Skills Peer Education Program
Producer: UNICEF Namibia and Government of Namibia
Country/Region: Namibia/Southern Africa
Summary: My Future Is My Choice is a Life Skills Program that was implemented in Namibia from 1997 to 2001 by UNICEF and the Namibian Ministries of Education and Youth. It was developed to provide young people with sexual health information and help them strengthen their communication, negotiation, and decision-making skills. The program, facilitated by recent high school graduates who served as peer sexuality educators, included games, discussions, and small group activities. Over 50,000 young people were reached and each completed 20 hours of peer-facilitated life skills education. An evaluation of the program, which included pre and post tests, found that participants sustained risk-reduction behaviors and increased use of condoms. The resources developed for the project include a My Future My Choice (MFMC) Training Guide, The MFMC Participants' Workbook, a MFMC Parents' Information Booklet, and an AIDS Awareness Club Working Notes Manual.
For more information: http://www.unicef.org/programme/hiv/focus/youth/nama.htm, email, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.unicef.org/aids, or contact: UNICEF Namibia, P.O. Box 1706 Windhoek, Namibia Tel: 204-6111
Myths, Misperceptions, and Fears: Addressing Condom Use Barriers
Producer: International Planned Parenthood Federation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Summary: This publication addresses commonly held myths, fears, and negative attitudes that act as barriers to correct and consistent condom use around the world. It is designed to help professionals and others involved with sexuality education and HIV/STD prevention by providing evidence-based information about the positive aspects of condoms. The two part handbook includes information on sexual pleasure as well as fact sheets on condoms to counter misinformation on male and female condoms by providing “evidence-based factual information about condoms and their use.”
For more information: http://www.unfpa.org/upload/lib_pub_file/688_filename_myths_fears.pdf
The Nigerian AIDS Response Fund (NARF) Handbook on Incorporating Gender and Human Rights in HIV/AIDS Training
Producer: Pathfinder International and Nigeria AIDS Responsive Fund
Summary: This tool is intended to be used for mainstreaming gender and human rights concerns into HIV and AIDS education and prevention programs. The guide also aims to sensitize facilitators to gender issues and gives an overview of ways of incorporating gender concepts into programs. The handbook includes definitions and examples of key gender concepts, a list of international organizations in Nigeria, as well as related resources.
For more information: www.pathfinder.org
PeacePlayers International South Africa (PPI-SA) HIV/AIDS Awareness Program
Producer: PeacePlayers International
Country/Region: South Africa
Summary: PPI-SA uses the game of basketball to educate children ages 10–14 and their families about the complex social and health issues affecting their community. Coaches are recruited and given peer mentorship training to help them establish strong relationships as role models. Coaches also attend annual training on issues pertaining to the HIV pandemic. Each week during the months of August, September, and October, coaches present a PPI-SA HIV/AIDS workshops to students in an open environment for approximately 1 to 2 hours before practice. In addition to weekly sessions with their coaches, teams participate in monthly coaching clinics throughout the year, which include valuable HIV/AIDS awareness workshops. The University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, assessed the efficacy of the program in 2003 and 2004. It found that the program caused a significant change in the attitudes of children towards HIV/AIDS. For example, the program significantly increased the participants’ knowledge of HIV/AIDS transmission and effectively challenged prejudicial beliefs regarding the pandemic.
For more information: http://www.peaceplayersintl.org/index.aspx
Peer Education: Outreach, Communication and Negotiation: Training Module
Producer: International HIV/AIDS Alliance Frontiers Prevention Project
Country/Region: India/Andhra Pradesh
Summary: This guide is designed to help NGOs designate and train peer-educators to lead HIV- and AIDS- prevention programs. The training manual is divided into a six-day, 28-session plan, and includes participatory exercises. The sessions aim to ensure that future peer-educators have the information base as well as the counseling and facilitating abilities necessary to execute HIV- and AIDS- prevention programs.
For more information: http://synkronweb.aidsalliance.org, or contact, International HIV/AIDS Alliance India, Kushal House (Third Floor), 39 Nehru Place, New Delhi 110019, India
Positively Informed: Lesson Plans and Guidance for Sexuality Educators and Advocates
Producer: International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)
Summary: This resource is a collection of gender-sensitive lesson plans on comprehensive sexuality education. It is designed to help educators lead activities and discussions on sexual health and reproduction, decision-making, relationships, and, more generally, human sexuality. It is not a curriculum, but is a companion guide for those designing, implementing, advocating, or teaching a comprehensive sexuality education program. The manual is divided into 12 chapter-topics, with additional lesson plans available to be downloaded. The lesson plans include handouts, role-playing guides, and participatory activities that promote gender role equality and healthy sexuality.
For more information: http://www.iwhc.org/resources/positivelyinformed/index.cfm
A Practical Approach to Gender-Based Violence: A Programme Guide for HealthCare Providers and Managers
Producer: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Language: English, French, Spanish
Summary: This guide aims to help healthcare professionals understand and address issues related to gender roles and gender-based violence. It provides guidelines for designing and executing projects that prioritize gender-based violence issues, and emphasizes communicating empathetically and effectively with those who have experienced gender-based violence.
For more information: http://www.unfpa.org/publications/detail.cfm?ID=69
Practical Guidelines for Intensifying HIV Prevention: Towards Universal Access
Summary: This basic manual provides practical guidelines for improving HIV-prevention programming and results for governments and NGOs. The guide synthesizes essential HIV-prevention measures so that countries and organizations can adapt existing prevention plans to meet the unique needs of their particular region. Policymakers and government coordinators can use this guide to prioritize programs and create the most strategic and cost-effective HIV-prevention course possible.
For more information: http://data.unaids.org
Red Tent Sisters
Producer: Amy and Kimberly Sedgwick
Country/Region: Toronto, Canada
Summary: Red Tent Sisters is a Toronto-based store offering products and services for women throughout the lifecycle. Based on the principle that education by women, for women is essential for optimal reproductive and sexual health, the store provides products such as books, contraceptive methods, adult toys, baby necessities, and products for menstruation. Red Tent Sisters also sponsors health and sexuality education workshops for women of every age. For example, “First Moon Ceremony to Menarche” honors a girl’s first menstrual period, while “Tea and Thai Chi” is geared to the health needs menopausal women. It also offers yoga classes designed to boost fertility, fertility and contraceptive counseling, parenting classes, and sexuality classes for individuals or couples. In all of its programming, Red Tent Sisters takes into account the diverse cultural and personal practices that surround menstrual, sexual, pregnancy, and child-rearing experiences.
For more information: http://www.redtentsisters.com/index.html
Reducing HIV/AIDS Vulnerability Among Students in the School Setting
Producer: UNESCO Bangkok, Japanese Funds-in-Trust
Country/Region: Thailand/South East Asia
Summary: This training manual addresses sexual development, family planning, and sexually transmitted infections, with a heavy emphasis on HIV and AIDS prevention. It provides 11 modules, a sample schedule for teaching the modules, and instructions on conducting demonstrations. The manual also includes numerous activities for students that foster discussions about HIV and AIDS, other STIs, means of transmission, protective measures, and more.
For more information: http://portal.unesco.org
Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV and AIDS: A Flip Book
Producer: International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India
Country/Region: India: Manipur, Punjab, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Orissa
Language: English, Hindi, Manipuri, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu
Summary: This illustrated flip book was designed as a tool for health professionals and educators to facilitate dialogue among women in India about sexual and reproductive health. The tool includes key discussion points for the facilitator, and accompanying illustrations intended for a low literacy audience. The flip book aims to promote communication and knowledge about menstruation, reproductive maturity, pregnancy, safe motherhood, family planning, birth spacing, reproductive tract and sexually transmitted infections, and HIV and AIDS.
Sexual Health for the Millennium
Producer: World Association for Sexual Health
Summary: This important new declaration is based on the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations to resolve complicated and urgent social problems and to foster human development. Sexual Health in the New Millennium explores and elaborates on how promoting international sexual health and rights, in the context of human rights, must play an integral role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This document looks at eight aspects of sexual health that together encompass an integrated and comprehensive approach towards promoting sexual health: recognize, promote, ensure and protect sexual rights for all; advance toward gender equality and equity; combat all forms of sexuality-related violence; provide universal access to comprehensive sexuality education and information; ensure that reproductive health programs recognize the centrality of sexual health; end the spread of HIV and other STIs; address and treat sexual concerns, dysfunctions and disorders; recognize sexual pleasure as a component of holistic health and well-being.
For more information: http://www.worldsexology.org
Sexuality and Life-Skills: Participatory Activities on Sexual and Reproductive Health with Young People
Country/Region: Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Uganda/Global
Summary: This toolkit is the result of teamwork between sexual and reproductive health practitioners working with young people in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Uganda. It is designed to be used by anyone who wants to facilitate participatory learning activities with young people to equip them with the knowledge, positive attitudes, and skills to grow up and enjoy sexual and reproductive health and well-being. The toolkit includes sessions on 65 topics, from puberty to friendship to condom use to teenage pregnancy. It aims at helping facilitator provide accurate and complete factual information to young people, plan appropriate educational activities for groups of young people, and follow-up and evaluate their work.
For more information: http://www.aidsportal.org/Organisation_Details.aspx?orgid=317, or www.aidsalliance.org
STI/HIV Sexually Transmitted Infections: Briefing Kit for Teachers
Producer: World Health Organization
Country/Region: Western Pacific/Global
Summary: This STI briefing kit provides teachers with basic facts on STIs as well as techniques for approaching and educating young people. The appendices offers local resources and curriculum guides as well as books for further STI information and planning.
For more information: http://www.wpro.who.int
Street Children and HIV and AIDS: Methodological Guide for Facilitators
Language: English, French
Summary: This facilitator manual focuses on HIV and AIDS prevention among vulnerable populations and provides facilitators with intervention and counseling techniques specifically tailored for working with street children.
For more information: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001473/147354e.pdf
Training Manual for Adolescent-Friendly Health Services
Producer: Action Health Incorporated (AHI)
Country/Region: Nigeria, West Africa
Summary: Action Health Inc. is a Nigerian-based sexuality education and reproductive health service organization that provides comprehensive sexuality education and youth friendly reproductive health services for young people in Nigeria. Action Health Inc. has developed an outstanding reproductive and sexual health training manual for providers of adolescent sexual and reproductive health services. In an easy-to-read format, the manual provides a variety of activities to build sexual comfort for health providers and contains informative handouts and general guidelines for participatory learning activities. It also includes detailed lessons on adolescent sexuality and reproductive health, principals of youth friendly services, ideas for building sexuality comfort for health service providers, and information on sexuality counseling.
For more information: http://www.actionhealthinc.org, www.actionhealthinc.org/publications, or e-mail email@example.com
Training and Resource Manual on School Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention
Producer: Education International and the World Health Organization
Date: March 2001
Summary: This manual advocates for governments to tackle the growing HIV rate and its effects on the educational system head-on by instituting mandatory HIV awareness and prevention education in schools. It synthesizes UN resolutions to create a guide for educators on how to broach the subject of HIV prevention with their students. The manual offers tips on introducing difficult and uncomfortable subjects in the classroom with sample “icebreakers” and skill-building exercises. It also contains several hands-on, skill-building games on a variety of sexual health topics. Each exercise comes with notes to the facilitator, including precise instructions and follow-up ideas. It also includes fact sheets, information, and data about HIV/STI to strengthen advocacy and education skills.
Tuko Pamoja (We Understand Each Other)
Producer: KARHP (Kenya Adolescent Reproductive Health Project), PATH, Population Council, USAID
Country/Region: Kenya/East Africa
Summary: This series includes Tuko Pamoja: A Guide for Talking With Young People About Their Reproductive Health and Tuko Pamoja: Adolescent Reproductive Health and Life Skills Curriculum. The guide is designed for educators, religious and community leaders, health professionals, and other adults working with young people ages 10–19. It includes guidelines for conducting participatory activities and discussions on values, decision-making, gender, relationships, and sexual and reproductive health. The guide also gives facilitators tips on effective time and group management, and counseling and communication techniques. The 30-session curriculum provides learning objectives, activity instructions, background information, and additional resources for facilitators.
For more information: http://www.path.org, or contact PATH Publications Request, 1455 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107 USA
YouthNet: End of Program Report. Taking Action: Recommendations and Resources
Producer: USAID and Family Health International
Summary: This report considers ten major findings in youth sexual and reproductive health and HIV-prevention programs. It reviews sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs, peer-education programs, media campaigns, and other education and prevention measures, and identifies characteristics of successful programs. The report makes 37 recommendations for achieving advancements in youth SRH and HIV prevention.
Zambia Integrated Health Programme (ZIHP)/Africa Alive!
Producer: USAID and the Government of Zambia in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center For Communications Program
Country/Region: Zambia, East Africa
Summary: The Zambia Integrated Health Programme (ZIHP) Africa Alive! program is a regional program operating in four African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. In Zambia, the project includes an initiative designed to cover comprehensive sexuality education, HIV prevention, and adolescent reproductive health. This initiative, which is implemented by four different collaborating youth organizations, seeks to increase knowledge and positively affect behavior change among adolescents ages 14–24, both in and out of school youth. The initiative uses education-entertainment (edutainment), such as music and road shows to help youth prevent HIV and AIDS and improve their reproductive health. The project also produces a youth-focused adolescent newspaper; empowers adolescents with life skills through recreational activities, such as Youth Football and Sexual Reproductive Health Camps that targets boys; implements a peer sexuality education program; and supports edutainment drama group which conducts outreach. Youth who are not sexually active are encouraged to delay sexual initiation and those who are sexually active are encouraged to use condoms. The program works to increase young people’s knowledge of family planning methods, equip them with skills to negotiate safer sex, and help them distinguish between healthy and abusive relationships. Other program components assist parents and their children in talking more openly about reproductive health and encourage young people to be reproductive health rights advocates.
For more information: www.africaalive.org