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International Training Programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

International Training Programme in 
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
Part 1: March 6-31, 2017 (MalmöSweden)
Part 2: September 18-23, 2017 (A participating country)

Closing date for applications: September 1, 2016 

The International Training Programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is designed for individuals holding positions in organizations in the area of SRHR and who are qualified to participate in reform processes at various levels.


The programme offers participants the training necessary to help their organizations define and achieve both short- and long-term goals. Participants will discuss the latest developments in their field with colleagues and experts, develop a network of colleagues from other countries and acquire enhanced knowledge and practical skills in working methods in the SRHR area. Participation in the programme assumes your organization wishes to carry out changes and invest its resources in the process.


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has commissioned Lund University (LU) to carry out an advanced training programme in SRHR between 2014 and 2018. We are seeking participants who are able to promote sustainable and equitable development in their countries through their positions in governmental organizations, teaching hospitals, medical facilities, civil society organizations, and the private sector. Sida and LU invite you to nominate such candidates.

Objectives

The long-term objective of the programme is to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of poor women, children, youth and men by:
  • Increasing their access to adequate sexual and reproductive health care
  • Promoting sexual education
  • Increasing the awareness and demand for SRHR services

The programme aims to initiate an organizational change where the participants will become “agents of change” by using new knowledge and tools acquired through the programme, thus contributing to the long-term objectives described above. The immediate goals of participants will be to:

  • Develop and implement a change project in the field of SRHR within their organization
  • Report on the change project’s progress and results
  • Develop an action plan for continued work on the project within the organization

Target Group

The programme encourages applicants to apply as ‘country teams’. Preference will be given to country teams consisting of 4 to 6 participants who represent a range of professions listed below.
The target groups for the training programme are persons working within the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights area at the following levels:

Local level
Midwives, nurse/midwives and obstetricians working in a clinical setting with the possibility of influencing decision making in their respective settings.

Intermediate level
 

Professionals responsible for educational/training activities within the SRHR area at district or provincial level.

Central level 

SRHR professionals at teaching institutions at national level, and policy makers at national level (Ministry of Health or Ministry of Education). In addition to the above, the programme will be open to staff from national NGOs and from the private sector working in the field of SRHR.

Applicants from the following countries in Asia and Africa are welcome to apply: Cambodia, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Liberia and South Sudan. 

Contents

The guiding principles of the programme are its four pillars:
1) human rights values, 2) a context-based approach,3) participatory learning, and 4) national and international networking, which form the programme’s educational framework. 
Using a rights-based approach to sexual and reproductive health, it will cover:
  • Youth sexual health
  • Maternal and neonatal health, including fertility and abortion
  • STIs, HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual coercion and violence

The programme will also focus on leadership, management, and policy change in SRHR. Participants will strengthen these skills through the use of information and communications technologies. Each participant will be provided with tools to facilitate their learning process, such as access to an online learning platform and a tablet computer for the duration of the programme.


Costs
Sida will cover the costs related to:

  • Participation in the programme, literature, study tours, and scheduled activitiesHotel accommodations
  • A peer diem to cover self-sustained cooked meals
  • International travel to and from Sweden
  • International travel to and from the regional seminar
Each participant is responsible for travel costs to (and from) the international airport nearest their home, visa costs, and all personal expenses other that those indicated above.

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