Building HIV Social Research Capacity in Asia and the Pacific   Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society Nati...
AHAPI <ul><li>In 2005, NCHSR received an AHAPI grant to “build HIV social research capacity in PNG”.  </li></ul><ul><li>Co...
What have the cadets done? <ul><li>Project on how high school students talk about sex and HIV (focus groups)‏ </li></ul><u...
 
AusAID Consortium <ul><li>Success of AHAPI lead to AusAID setting up the HIV Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Social research ...
The Consortium: our approach <ul><li>NCHSR and ARCSHS are committed to work together through the Consortium to build HIV s...
HIV Social Research Capacity Building <ul><li>We aim to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build institutional links between Australia...
Types of research capacity building For places where little research development and capacity  In-country New researchers ...
Countries we will work in   <ul><li>Vietnam (and use as a basis for Laos and Cambodia)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Indonesia </li><...
Questions about HIV social research needs  in each country?   <ul><li>Is there a tradition of indigenous social research? ...
The Pacific  <ul><li>Helping build a Pacific Institute for HIV and STI research at the Fiji School of Medicine </li></ul><...
Indonesia <ul><li>Three levels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National AIDS Commission’s Research Working Group </li></ul></ul><ul...
Timor Leste <ul><li>Research capacity very low- HIV social research capacity non-existent </li></ul><ul><li>Project runs a...
Mekong <ul><li>ARCSHS building on past experience of work in Vietnam: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build a social research base t...
Regional Network of HIV Social Researchers <ul><li>This project aims to develop a Network of HIV Social Researchers in Asi...
AusAID Support for Strategic Research in Indonesia, PNG and the Pacific <ul><li>AusAID grant to both ARCSHS and NCHSR, top...
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How the Australian research centres have been building links between Australia and centres in the region. This presentation was given by Heather Worth at the AFAO 2008 HIV Educators' Conference.

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Building HIV Social Research Capacity in Asia and the Pacific

  1. 1. Building HIV Social Research Capacity in Asia and the Pacific Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society National Centre in HIV Social Research
  2. 2. AHAPI <ul><li>In 2005, NCHSR received an AHAPI grant to “build HIV social research capacity in PNG”. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with PNGIMR (in Goroka) </li></ul><ul><li>10 research cadets trained full-time for a period of two years, in the classroom and in the field, undertaking real research projects (both quantitative and qualitative). </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to position social research as a central component of the evidence to build effective, sustainable responses to the HIV epidemic. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What have the cadets done? <ul><li>Project on how high school students talk about sex and HIV (focus groups)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Violence against women- how two villages dealt with the problem (interviews)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Roll-out of ART in six sites (collaboration with Igat Hope)- survey, interviews with people on ART and clinic staff </li></ul><ul><li>Condom use and access in Tonga and Vanuatu (interviews with young people, sex workers and msm)‏ </li></ul>
  4. 5. AusAID Consortium <ul><li>Success of AHAPI lead to AusAID setting up the HIV Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Social research capacity-building a central component of that </li></ul><ul><li>ARCSHS and NCHSR combined to become one entity for the purposes of the Consortium </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Consortium: our approach <ul><li>NCHSR and ARCSHS are committed to work together through the Consortium to build HIV social research capacity that is long-term, sustainable and indigenous in character. </li></ul><ul><li>We are committed to ‘learning by doing’: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>training through research projects (funded from outside this program) as well as classroom teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>partner in-country researchers in research projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involvement of vulnerable communities in both research capacity-building and research </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. HIV Social Research Capacity Building <ul><li>We aim to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build institutional links between Australia and priority countries’ research centres and universities, AND to assist in building links between Asia-Pacific institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train new researchers in HIV social research: methods, critical thinking, writing for publication, dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase understanding of the benefits of HIV-related social research among health workers, policy-makers, NGOs, political leaders, community leaders and members </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Types of research capacity building For places where little research development and capacity In-country New researchers Long-term Capacity development (1-2 years)‏ In-depth capacity building NCHSR, ARSCHS Researchers, research leaders Summer schools (2-4 weeks)‏ Builds on aspects of research capacity In-country Researchers, govts, NGOs, community Short courses (3 day)‏ Builds relationships Other events such as ASHM, ICAAP Researchers and NGOs, community 1-day workshops Use Where Aimed at? Types
  8. 9. Countries we will work in <ul><li>Vietnam (and use as a basis for Laos and Cambodia)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Indonesia </li></ul><ul><li>The Pacific (with Fiji as a base)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>China </li></ul><ul><li>Timor Leste </li></ul>
  9. 10. Questions about HIV social research needs in each country? <ul><li>Is there a tradition of indigenous social research? </li></ul><ul><li>What social research training is occurring at present? </li></ul><ul><li>What HIV research is being done? </li></ul><ul><li>What particular institutions are likely partners? </li></ul><ul><li>What about NGOs, FBOs and marginalised communities in HIV social research partnerships? </li></ul>
  10. 11. The Pacific <ul><li>Helping build a Pacific Institute for HIV and STI research at the Fiji School of Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Partners to include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FSM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University the South Pacific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oceania Society for Sexual Health Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secretariat for the Pacific Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affected communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other stakeholders </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Indonesia <ul><li>Three levels: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National AIDS Commission’s Research Working Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships with Universities to strengthen HIV social research capacity at the institutional level and with staff and students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community-based organisations </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Timor Leste <ul><li>Research capacity very low- HIV social research capacity non-existent </li></ul><ul><li>Project runs alongside NCHSR’s Global Fund grant (BSS and qual research in Timor)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training two researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building capacity of Institute ofr Health Services and University of Peace and University of T-L </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Mekong <ul><li>ARCSHS building on past experience of work in Vietnam: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build a social research base that will inform the national response to HIV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train new researchers in HIV social research: methods, critical thinking, writing for publication, dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage critical assessment of the social aspects of the HIV epidemic in each country and region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase the use of HIV social research in the Mekong by workshops with stakeholders, MOH and communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase HIV social research by twinning with the universities in funding applications for social research projects. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Regional Network of HIV Social Researchers <ul><li>This project aims to develop a Network of HIV Social Researchers in Asia and the Pacific to: </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in strengthening research institutions and developing individual HIV social research skills </li></ul><ul><li>Support HIV social researchers in the region </li></ul><ul><li>Engender a sense of solidarity through pooling expertise and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage discussion of research and research methods amongst Network members </li></ul><ul><li>Assist researchers in finding out about and applying for research funding - single country, multi-country and regional research </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in research dissemination and knowledge transfer among members </li></ul><ul><li>Assist with publishing </li></ul>
  15. 16. AusAID Support for Strategic Research in Indonesia, PNG and the Pacific <ul><li>AusAID grant to both ARCSHS and NCHSR, topped up by Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Grant to be used to carry out research with marginalised and vulnerable populations- msm, sex workers, IDUs, mobile populations, and PLWHA </li></ul><ul><li>To be used in conjunction with capacity-building projects </li></ul>

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