Connecting local responses around the world
Jean-Louis Lamboray, chair of the Constellation made an introductory visit to Moscow in May 2010, where UNAIDS Regional Support Team (RST), CSOs and city mayors showed interest to apply the AIDS Competence Process in the Russian context.
Learning events and blended learning
The Blended Learning modules for facilitators on the AIDS Competence Process were translated in Russian. The local facilitators from Moscow, Samara and Kazan went through the blended learning on the first two modules prior to the first face-to-face learning event which was conducted on 5-7 April 2011 in Kazan city.
After the first learning event, Constellation provided a regular distance support through skype meetings with the Russian facilitators. The visit to Samara was the second face-to-face learning event. The aim was to introduce the next steps of the approach and further build upon the previous learning. The UNAIDS RST also supported a Knowledge Fair for local communities prior to the learning event. A team of Constellation coaches accompanied the processes and worked closely with members of the RST.
Emergence of National Facilitation Team
Presently, three facilitation teams are in place: one within the RST, one in Kazan and one in Samara and we find a National Facilitation Team blossoming including Anastasia and Natalya, Kazan based Svetlana Izambaeva , Svetlana Kochetkova and Kamilla and Elena facilitator from Samara.
Application of SALT
Elena from Samara has involved religious leaders on issues related to HIV through SALT. She has linked them with sex workers. A lady from Muslim community lady even she wrote an article on sex worker in a Muslim publication.
Sveta applied SALT with five families whose children have cerebral palsy. When the families came together they realized that they had similar issues. Discussions between them brought out they felt alienated from others. They preferred to take their children for a walk when others had turned in for the day. Thereafter, recognizing their own strengths the families organized a celebration for the children where there were fun activities for children.
Recent and upcoming events
The next step was to introduce the approach to CSOs and communities from Ukraine and Belarus which was done last week in Odessa, Ukraine. The upcoming events include a knowledge fair and training of volunteers which began tomorrow.
You can read Reports of the events at
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