Strengthening access to and quality of reproductive health services in humanitarian settings



Sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major public health problem in low- and middle-income countries, as well as in developed countries. The significant morbidity and mortality due to STIs coupled with the fact that STIs disproportionately affect women, vulnerable populations, for example men who have sex with men, transgender persons, young people and sex workers, necessitate the particular attention of health service policy makers.

The synergy between HIV and other STIs is a major public health concern. A significant number of STIs facilitate HIV transmission.

It is hard to estimate the global burden of STIs because of asymptomatic infections, the absence of diagnostic tools, and a weak system of surveillance for STIs in many countries.

It is important to know that all STIs are preventable and most can be cured. Effective STI case management is the basis of sexually transmitted infection control. An appropriate clinical algorithm can break the chain of transmission from infected to non-infected persons.

Objectives of the course:

  1. To provide knowledge and skills on the prevention, control and treatment of the sexually transmitted infections (including HIV /AIDS) to health care providers (doctors, nurses, midwives, public health specialists).
  2. To enhance the knowledge and skills of health care providers in implementing STI programs, conduct training and research in STIs and HIV /AIDS.
    Course content

The content of this course is based on WHO recommendations with main focus on evidence-based practice. It is also enhanced by field experience from our teachers with a wide range of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health. It is based on groundwork, especially in developing countries, and proposing pragmatic solutions. We provide reference materials for our students and encourage them to use it in their professional practice. The course includes the epidemiology, public health and clinical aspects and management of STIs at different levels of health care services.



Course validation and certificate:

In order to validate the course and obtain the certificate, participants are required to successfully answer to the multiple choice questions and complete an assignment that provides information on the overall situation in their countries in terms of sexually transmitted infections. The analysis should include information about the occurrence of STIs (prevalence, incidence and health services data), current country strategies, prevention measures, care services and existing barriers and challenges.

The assignment should be based on a literature search and, if relevant, professional experiences of the course participant. We will provide specific guide and instructions for paperwork assignment.

Course duration:

8 weeks

Course fee:

USD 250

Important dates:

Start date: 10 September 2018

End date: 2 November 2018

Application deadline: 12 August 2018

Payment deadline: 3 September 2018


To apply for the course, you should submit the completed application form and send the required enclosures by email to the course email address.

Application form


Please send the following documents by email to the course email address.

A curriculum vitae, including sections on current and previous positions
A certified copy of diploma(s)
A letter of motivation stating clearly your interests and reasons for applying to the Course (1-2 page maximum).

Course email:

You are encouraged to join other courses offered in the same year to benefit from a discount.

September 10 - November 2, 2018
Health professionals, paramedical staff, project planners and managers in health-related areas and social scientists from all countries
Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
150, route de Ferney 1211 Geneva 2 - Switzerland

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