Wednesday · 13 December 2017
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Sexual Reproductive Health, Gender and HIV / AIDS Program

The SRH Program, Gender and HIV / AIDS, takes place in all the faculties of UCM. The first three-year program (from July 2010 to June 2013) was sponsored by the Ford Foundation. This came as a replacement to the HIV / AIDS Mainstreaming Program because there was need to adopt a comprehensive and holistic approach, not only focused on HIV / AIDS, that contemplates cultural, social and structural factors and values, but also other factors surrounding it.

From then onwards, the program’s objective has been to promote sexual and reproductive health, HIV / AIDS prevention and gender equality as an integral part of health and social well-being in the university community.

The main activists of this program are the following:
HIV Centers of each faculty. These are composed of students who join voluntary groups (núcleos) for this purpose;
The HIV Focal Points of each faculty. These coordinate the activities of the Nucleos at the faculty level;
Counselors who provide counseling and voluntary testing services.
At the level of the Rectory, the program is coordinated by a program management composed of the Vice-Rector for Pastoral and Extension, his advisor for HIV / AIDS matters, a Program Officer and an Executive Secretary.
In its approach of contributing to a healthy lifestyle, the program operates at three levels:
1. At the personal level: The program promotes core group training, personal development activities, self-esteem building, healthy relationships and life skills.
2. At a social and institutional level: The program provides informational and didactic material on SRH, HIV / AIDS, STDs, sexual harassment and gender-based violence. The program also promotes the introduction of a module on HIV / AIDS in all the courses offered at UCM, as well as it also offers professional Counseling in the same field.
3. Advocacy and Policy Level: The program supports the implementation of UCM's HIV / AIDS and Sexual Harassment policies and conducts advocacy campaigns on sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality, anti-discrimination and advocacy for PVHS.
Expected Results from the Program:
• 20% of students in each course should be satisfied with SRH self-esteem and awareness sessions, HIV / AIDS and life skills.
• Have 2 champions and 10 peer educators trained in each nucleus.
• Have the SRH and HIV Module introduced in all the courses offered at UCM.
• Produce 7000 brochures every year.
• Have entertainment activities on the students’ day and on December 1st in all UCM faculties.
• Offer voluntary counseling and testing in all UCM faculties, and ensure an increase of 25% of such services as compared to June 2010.
• Have weekly open forums of discussions with students.
• Have 90% of students with knowledge about UCM's HIV / AIDS and Sexual Harassment policies.
• Have addressed all cases related to sexual harassment.
• Have annual advocacy campaigns about the rights to health, non-discrimination and respect among partners.