Women’s and girls’ vulnerability to HIV infection stems from a greater biological risk that is compounded by gender inequalities, violations of women’s human rights, including violence, and, for some women, criminalization and marginalization.One of the barriers to effective planning and programming for women and girls has been a lack of knowledge about what to do and “what works.” The result of these challenges has been an urgent need to develop and scale up strategies to address the needs of women and girls in the global AIDS response and to support women as agents of change. To do this effectively, there is need for evidence. The purpose of What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV & AIDS Interventions is to provide the evidence necessary to inform country-level programming. The purpose of what works for women has been to compile and summarize the base of evidence to support successful interventions in HIV programming for women and girls.
The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) together with the Technical Support Facility (TSF) of The Centre for African and Family Studies (CAFS) developed this course with the aim of providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved implementing HIV & AIDS Program interventions that work or which are promising from evidence of successful interventions. Participants will acquire tools required for the appropriate identification and successful design and implementation of these programmes at country-level programming.
This three day training is a culmination of extensive review, writing and pre-testing that helped to fine tune the content, methodology and training approach for better delivery. All participants were actively involved in the nine training sessions. Participant evaluation shows satisfaction with the facilitators and their training approach with a promise of replicating the lessons and success stories from the training in their respective programmes.
The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) together with the Technical Support Facility (TSF) of The Centre for African and Family Studies (CAFS) developed this course with the aim of providing participants with an in-depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved implementing HIV & AIDS Program interventions that work or which are promising from evidence of successful interventions. It is hoped that those who participate in the trainings will acquire new skills and knowledge for identification and successful design and implementation of women and girls friendly interventions.
This national three day training came as a result of a planning for way forward that emerged from a regional workshop held in Uganda. From the regional training, it emerged that measuring "what works" can be complicated since the outcomes and impacts of interventions depend on a number of factors - most of these are context specific both at institutional and at national levels. Key inclusion criteria of cases in the compendium include the requirement for an intervention to have had an outcome, or outcomes which have been evaluated for effectiveness. However, for programs to be replicated and to work at scale optimally, a number of conditions need to be met.