A cultural approach to HIV and AIDS prevention and care

Welcome to this eLearning on culturally appropriate responses to HIV and AIDS prevention and care.

This eLearning is intended for development practitioners working in response to HIV and AIDS. It is ideally suited for program officers in the field, working directly with communities. It is also intended for practitioners working in centralised offices to help them understand what culturally appropriate approaches are and how they might assist their organisations to respond better in this manner.

Select one of the five modules.

What is a cultural approach?

25 mins

Culture is a term associated to a range of definitions and interpretations which has impacted how it is regarded and engaged. Explore the relationship between culture and health as well as how culture shapes development and discover the key elements of a cultural approach in response to HIV and AIDS.

Catalyzing Change

25 mins

Catalyzing positive, sustainable change is extremely challenging and can often rely on a delicate balance of key elements requiring careful planning and reflection. Find out what considerations can help nurture and instigate change from within and what constraints you should be aware of.

Structural Factors

25 mins

HIV and AIDS were initially considered medical concerns but overtime factors such as poverty and gender inequality have revealed how the epidemic should be viewed as a socio-cultural issue. Learn how structural factors can impact HIV transmission, treatment and care and how your strategies and programs can better take these factors into account.

Participation and Ownership

25 mins

Participation is a widely accepted principle of development, yet there are many different understandings of its role and levels of applications. Review what meaningful participation involves and how this can lead to community ownership and empowerment.

Tools and Tips

20 mins

Due to the inherent richness of cultural diversity, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to the development challenges facing the world today, including HIV and AIDS. Instead, a range of dynamic and pioneering tools are constantly emerging that can provide the basis on which you can tailor and innovate effective programming and strategies. This section features a selection of existing tools for culturally appropriate approaches as well as tips for getting started and practical measures to recall throughout your work.