This toolkit provides practical guidance for building the capacity of various institutions to converge (or integrate) HIV and sexual and reproductive health services strategically. Developed in India, the toolkit is designed for program managers of nongovernmental organizations and community-based organizations; health care providers in the public sector at the national, district, and facility levels; and those running private-sector programs.
The aim of this capacity-building toolkit is to provide practical guidance for building the capacity of various institutions to converge or integrate HIV and SRH services strategically so that people who are living with HIV or are most at risk of HIV can access the SRH services they need without any barriers. The capacity-building toolkit focuses on:
- building capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) for generating demand for SRH services among people living with and most at risk of HIV.
- strengthening the capacity of health service providers to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of these populations with quality services.
This capacity-building toolkit has been developed for program managers of NGOs and CBOs working with people living with and most at risk of HIV, health care providers in the public sector at the national, district, and facility levels, as well as those running private-sector programs providing SRH services.
Structure of the Capacity-Building Toolkit
This capacity-building toolkit has four sections. Section A gives a brief description of the PATH Convergence Project, to provide a context within which the interventions described in this toolkit were developed. Section B suggests a range of interventions that could be put in place to build district-level capacities to enable the convergence of HIV and SRH services. The next two sections, C and D, describe in more detail two specific interventions that can be used to build capacity for convergence: Section C describes interpersonal communication (IPC) methods for strengthening awareness of people living with and most at risk of HIV about SRH needs and for generating demand for SRH services among them. Section D describes training modules that can be used with health care service providers in public or private sectors to strengthen their capacity to provide quality SRH services to people living with and most at risk of HIV.