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|By jenrubin on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 - 8:49 am: Edit Post|
I think this is more than just getting numbers. I would recommend recruiting qualified (at least MPH or MA-holding) volunteers.
About 1 1/2 years ago I interviewed for the peace corps - I had just obtained my MPH, had done a few things overseas but not extensive work, in Africa and other places, in HIV/AIDS, and thought the Peace Corps would be an excellent way to get more overseas public health experience, enhance my skills, and more importanlty make a significant contribution given my background and understanding of the epidemic. I had skills in data management, research/needs assessments, and health systems. I was, however, deemed not "flexible" enough because I did not want to go to a small village to do health education. I thought I could make the most contribution with my existing skills working with an NGO or agency in a capital city or other town. I was no longer an undergraduate (I was 28 at the time) who was seeking some lifetime and life-altering experience. I had had that - I was seeking to make a serious contribution to programs that could be sustainable once I left. I was not accepted, which I thought was a shame for the Peace Corps. To sum up this long message:
I would like to suggest creating a cadre of PCVs who have MPHs who could be placed with MoHs, international or local NGOs/CBOs/FBOs, specifically to support the design, implementation, management and monitoring of care, support and prevention programs - in particular Home-based care services, PMTCT, VCT etc. These volunteers could help build the capacity of locals orgs to manage, monitor and evaluate their own programs, train staff, etc. Health systems management, data processing at the health facility level are also critical to being able to put into place good programs - in particular the President's Initiative programs.
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|By Harvey Botzman on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 4:40 am: Edit Post|
I'm not so certain that a dramatic increase in the number of PC volunteers is a good idea.
Perhaps the Director should think in terms of quality rather than quantity as Ms. Rubin suggests.
An MPH or MA may not be necessary. Who is to say that an RN (with only an AS or Hospital nursing program certificate) would not be able to provide the support functions which Ms. Rubin or the Director is suggesting that are needed.
It is important to remember that the US PC functions to help other nations develop the requisite human and institutional infrastructures to allow the other nation to be come self-sufficient and self-reliant.
The writer is a RPCV, Kenya Ed. III, 1966-69.
|By Colin Gallagher on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 3:21 pm: Edit Post|
Ah, but wait. There is a problem here. The Prez will soon realize that AIDS volunteers are going to be promoting... CONDOM USE!
"Peace Corps committed to an additional 1,000 volunteers to fight HIV/AIDS as part of legislation signed into law today by President Bush."
Before jumping for joy at the signing of this legislation I would urge ALL readers to look closely at its language. Here is what it states with regard to prevention (from H.R. 1298:
`(1) PREVENTION- Prevention of HIV/AIDS through activities including--
`(A) programs and efforts that are designed or intended to impart knowledge with the exclusive purpose of helping individuals avoid behaviors that place them at risk of HIV infection, including integration of such programs into health programs and the inclusion in counseling programs of information on methods of avoiding infection of HIV, including delaying sexual debut, abstinence, fidelity and monogamy, reduction of casual sexual partnering, reducing sexual violence and coercion, including child marriage, widow inheritance, and polygamy, and where appropriate, use of condoms;"
Wow. I am excited already. Abstinence. Delaying orgasm. And of course, use of condoms -- WHERE APPROPRIATE. I am sure that will work real well. Right George?
Being as "birth control" currently seems to be a nearly prohibited phrase in Washington budgets, there could be problems maintaining a Peace Corps AIDS program... unless, of course, the next Presidential elections turn up someone other than Bush.
Under the current Administration's policy, it is forbidden for any nongovernmental organization that accepts US family planning funding to provide abortions with their own money or lobbying in foreign countries on abortion-related issues. This has been agreed by numerous organizations to be a violation of medical ethics, reproductive health rights and democratic principles. (See http://www.rcrc.org/new/euaction.htm)
Given, then, the current Administration's position on reproductive issues, what will be the response of U.S. A.I.D., I wonder, when Peace Corps Volunteers in the new AIDS programs begin to request for S.P.A. (Small Project Assistance) monies for CONDOMS?
Of course we don't want to prejudge or assume what the Administration's position will be on such requests to S.P.A. / U.S. A.I.D. by Peace Corps Volunteers. But it's a safe bet that as long as George W. is around, AIDS Volunteers will be struggling to do more than obtain fancy A.I.D. multi-language publications on abstinence.
|By victor kana (cache-da08.proxy.aol.com - 188.8.131.52) on Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 12:11 pm: Edit Post|
i would like to work as apeace corp.i am an african from zambia.right now i am in new york.my
name is victor kana.address is 715 adee ave,apt3
i would be happy to hear from you because i am
interested too in the work you are doing.