STEP-UP is a year-long modular training programme designed to provide HIV education and personal development training to people who aspire to become more active in the work of and for HIV communities in Europe and Central Asia. Since 2013, the aim of STEP-UP is to equip a cohort of HIV ambassadors with the knowledge and skills they need to advocate for the best HIV practices. Due to COVID-19, the STEP-UP 2019/2022 programme cycle elevated its face-to-face approach to a series of online sessions. Although the programme has continuously evolved over the years into a training academy, it maintains its main mission of treatment education and patient information.
The new cycle of STEP-UP 2022/2023 is a bilingual (English and Russian) training programme that combines a self-paced e-learning approach with a face-to-face STEP-UP Community of Practice Workshop. It will take the form of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), the first of its kind on HIV, designed by activists for activists, free and accessible to everyone. The training programme will be complemented by a face-to-face Community of Practice Workshop, a system of sub-grants and cascade of trainings for networking, empowerment and advocacy.
Specific focus on the Eastern Europe and Central Asia will lay the foundation for the consortium with the leading HIV NGO in EECA – the Alliance for Public Health (APH).
STEP-UP will continue to:
STEP-UP is designed for people living with HIV/AIDS, health care providers, civil society representatives and other professionals who work in service delivery and/or advocacy to ensure universal access to combination prevention, HIV treatment and care.
The new format is expected to significantly increase the number of STEP-UP graduates. Participation in the STEP-UP MOOC will not be based on any selection process, but on willingness to participate. As the contents and languages of the training will be specifically tailored to the needs of HIV activists in WHO Europe, we expect most participants to come from the HIV sector, thus have prior knowledge of HIV and related infections prevention, treatment and care and aspire to expand their capacities, or to have a particular interest in HIV-related issues.
Trainees should assume a leadership role in prevention, treatment and care advocacy, fighting stigma and discrimination, and in increasing understanding and acceptance of HIV in their country and at international level.
The main pool of STEP-UP trainers will be recruited within the EATG membership, consisting of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and related co-infections within the WHO Europe region. The project will also see the participation of in-house consultants, such as the e-learning or evaluation consultants.
The STEP-UP 2022/2023 programme is a collaboration between EATG and the Alliance for Public Health (APH).
The main activities of STEP-UP 2022/2023 are:
The expected outcomes of the project are:
|EATG contact person(s):
|Chiara Longhi – email@example.com
|Duration of the project/initiative:
|Started in 2013 – ongoing
|Project/initiative Main Partner(s):
|Alliance for Public Health
|2022/2023: 478.199,61 €
|Main Funding Sources:
|Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd
|This initiative has been independently developed by EATG, and was made possible through sponsorship from Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd. EATG acknowledges that Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd has not had any control or input into the structure or content of the initiative. The STEP-UP MOOC is implemented in collaboration with Alliance for Public Health.
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