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[afro-nets] Short Course: HIV and Most-At-Risk-Populations (MARPs)

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
October 18 – 29, 2010

>From October 18 to 29, 2010, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied 
>Sciences (MUHAS), in collaboration with the University of Oslo, will conduct a 
>two-week short course on HIV and vulnerable population groups. The course will 
>focus on most-at-risk populations (MARPs), particularly men who have sex with 
>men (MSM) and injecting drug users (IDU), and the challenges posed by HIV in 
>these groups across African settings.

Vulnerability for HIV is substantially higher in some specific population 
groups than in the general population. There is limited information available 
about some of these groups and the circumstances that put them at risk, and 
appropriate prevention interventions are often lacking. This represents 
important challenges within these groups themselves, as well as for the overall 
HIV epidemic.

October 18 – 29, 2010, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The goal of this two-week course is to provide participants with insights into 
and knowledge about the lives and circumstances of MSM and IDU in Africa, the 
challenges posed by HIV among them, and approaches to intervention strategies 
for HIV prevention and care.

The course is designed for:
- personnel working on HIV-related issues (e.g. HIV-related prevention, 
clinical care, policy development, advocacy, research, teaching, training), and
- students in relevant programs (e.g. public health, medicine, nursing, 
anthropology, sociology, etc).

Persons with an interest for future research or intervention work with and 
among population groups with particular HIV-related vulnerabilites are 
particularly encouraged to apply.

The course is open to applicants from throughout Africa. A bachelor’s degree or 
higher in a relevant field is a prerequisite, but persons with a diploma may be 
considered in cases where they have particularly relevant experience or work 

The course will include the following topics:

- Majorities, minorities and diversities
- Stigma and discrimination
- Injecting drug use circumstances, practices, risks and vulnerabilities
- Sex, sexualities and cultures
- Same sex attractions, practices, risks and vulnerabilities
- Existing knowledge about MSM, IDU, and their HIV-related challenges in Africa
- Research on MSM, IDU, and their HIV-related challenges in Africa
- Approaches to HIV programming that includes and involves MSM and IDU

The course will consist of a mix of lectures, discussions, group work and 
individual studies. Course language: English.

USD 1250. The course fee includes tuition, learning materials, break time 
refreshments and lunches. Simple accommodation can be arranged in Dar es 
Salaam, but participants are free to arrange alternative accommodation at their 
own expense. The course fee does not include travel costs to and from Dar es 

To apply for course participation, please send an application including name, 
contact details, age, sex, nationality, academic qualifications, current 
position and employer (if any), and previous work experience. Also include a 
short statement of purpose indicating why you are applying for the course. 
Applications can be sent by e-mail (preferred) or by post:

Post: MARPs Short Course Director, P.O. Box 65015, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Applications will be processed in the order they are received. The final 
application deadline is September 1, 2010.

Participants are expected to support themselves either directly or through 
sponsorship by their own institutions or funding agencies. However, partial or 
full sponsorship may be provided for a limited number of applicants who are not 
in a position to support themselves. Those who want to be considered for 
sponsorship should indicate so when applying for participation. Please indicate 
what type of support you are applying for:

1. Exemption of course fee
2. Travel costs (please indicate travel route and cost)
3. Any other costs (please explain)

In order to obtain additional information on this short course, please don't 
hesitate to contact us on one of the following e-mail addresses:

MARPs Course Coordinator

Professor M.T. Leshabari:

Dr. K. Moen:

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