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AIDS. 2002 Dec;16 Suppl 3:S76-82.

Building partnerships to respond to HIV/AIDS: non-governmental organizations and universities.

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Institute of Psychology, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. veroca@usp.br

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In the second decade of the AIDS epidemic in Brazil, public sector and non-governmental organization (NGO) initiatives multiplied, fostered by state AIDS Control Programmes. A growing gap between capacity and a need for programme evaluation and the dissemination of findings from experience in the field, combined with the failure of traditional training approaches to bridge this gap adequately, inspired this non-degree research training programme at a major Brazilian university.

OBJECTIVES:

To train health professionals and activists working with HIV/AIDS prevention and services to evaluate and disseminate their experiences, and to enable them to multiply this training in their organizations, working in a collaborative process with graduate students and senior researchers.

PROCEDURES:

As part of a 9-month research methods course, 52 representatives from NGO and public health services produced research protocols that were reviewed and strengthened through a formal peer review process. Eleven protocols judged to be the best received funding and close mentorship over the next 21 months for their implementation, analysis, and dissemination.

LESSONS LEARNED:

Participants increased their ability to master and review critically the AIDS literature, to conduct a research protocol and to disseminate the results of their studies. After completion of the 30-month process, many participants were able to present their findings at scientific conferences or publish their results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. This model of close NGO-university successful collaboration may inspire other models of research training for those in the front-lines of the fight against the epidemic.

PMID:
12685928
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