HIV/AIDS Education and Promotion Specialist

Project Description

The TARV (Terapia Antirretroviral) Clinic of MINSA Ngäbe Buglé Sur in Panama has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as an HIV/AIDS Education and Promotion Specialist. The TARV opened its doors in 2010 to specifically serve the indigenous population of the Ngäbe-Buglé Comarca and provide them with more focused and local care. Since the Clinic began, the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the Ngäbe-Buglé region has increased to more than a thousand prevalent cases, so the clinic currently has two duties, one of which is to increase its capacity to provide high quality treatment to all patients, and to develop and implement a 95/95/95 plan to attack the epidemic to its roots.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) has been requested to co-develop and co-implement education programs on HIV/AIDS, including education and general information on HIV / AIDS and the Clinic for residents of the Comarca, as well as programs of technical education and intercultural sensitivity for health workers from MINSA and the Peace Corps. The PCRV will also provide support to the monitoring of incidence by community with the TARV Clinic, as well as working with with Ngäbe youth leaders and Peace Corps Volunteers in the area to co-plan outreach on HIV/AIDS education through radio and social media. The overall goal is to strengthen the ability of the clinic to provide medical care, nursing, nutritionist, social work, and psychology services, with the aim of improving the quality of life of the patients and decreasing the number of cases of patients with HIV/AIDS in the Ngäbe-Buglé Region.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Panama together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Clínica TARV (Terapia Antirretroviral) Ngäbe Buglé

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• 2-3 years of experience working in Public Health or WASH.
• 2-4 years of experience working in a Latin American country, preferably in an indigenous area.
• 1-2 years of experience in HIV / AIDS education and sexual health.
• Skills in oral presentations and intercultural communication.
• Skills in developing educational materials and seminars.
• Skill in programming and managing databases and electronic reports.
• Speak and write fluent Spanish.
• Intercultural sensitivity.
• Physical ability to walk and work in a hot, tropical climate.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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