LEARN ABOUT HIV AT THE UN:
HIV LEARNING SESSIONS AND THE WILD FIRE
Geneva-based UN staff have two options to fulfil their HIV training needs: the interactive UN Cares HIV learning session and the role-play session, Wild Fire. For the most effective learning experience, and to gain different perspectives, it is best to do them both: the HIV learning session is offered by WHO, UNAIDS and ILO. The half-day training covers the basics of how HIV can and cannot be transmitted, a condom demonstration and how the UN addresses HIV in its workplace policies. It provides information about counselling and testing and available support services in Geneva. You are invited to test your knowledge in a quiz and develop strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Most importantly, there is a lot of time for your questions.
The Wild Fire session, offered at WHO, is ideal for those who prefer learning by experience. Two expert facilitators guide you through a group simulation of what it is like to think you may be HIV-positive, to know or not to know your status, to share or not to share information about your status with your partner, friends or supervisor or to be affected by the epidemic even if you are not living with the virus yourself. The experience will give you further insight into what it means to protect yourself and your partner, as well as information on your rights and entitlements under UN policy. It will also help you build a supportive workplace environment with zero tolerance for stigma and discrimination.
Both types of session are open to all UN staff members in Geneva, and on completion of the session you will get a certificate of attendance. Several organizations have made training on HIV mandatory.
Upcoming WHO HIV learning sessions:
15 September, 2–5 pm (French);
22 October, 11 am – 2 pm (French),
10 November, 2 – 5 pm (English),
1 December, 2 – 5 pm (English)
Upcoming WHO Wild Fire sessions:
29 September, 2 – 4.30 pm;
13 October, 2 – 5 pm;
24 November, 2 – 4.30 pm,
15 December, 2 – 4.30 pm (all in English)
To register and for additional information, contact Eva Lustigová, WHO Focal Point on HIV/AIDS in the Workplace – HQ: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming sessions at ILO:
17 September, 10 am – 1 pm (English);
22 September, 2 – 5 pm (French);
22 October, 10 am – 1 pm (French);
3 November, 2 pm – 5 pm (English);
26 November, 2 – 5 pm (French);
10 December, 10 am – 1 pm (French)