From 'what' to 'how' : capacity building in health promotion for HIV/AIDS prevention in the Solomon Islands

McPhail-Bell, Karen, MacLaren, David, Isihanua, Angela, & MacLaren, Michelle (2007) From 'what' to 'how' : capacity building in health promotion for HIV/AIDS prevention in the Solomon Islands. Pacific Health Dialog, 14(2), pp. 125-131.

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Abstract

This paper describes a capacity building process undertaken within the HIV/AIDS prevention project of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Solomon Islands. ADRA HIV/AIDS has recently reoriented its project structure, moving beyond its awareness raising approach to incorporate health promotion frameworks, theories, strategies and assumptions. These have been used to inform project practice in project planning, delivery and evaluation. This paper shares what has worked and not worked in the capacity building process, including a project evaluation of the initial HIV/AIDS awareness raising project and the application of a number of capacity building strategies, including utilising a volunteer Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD) funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Existing and new projects are outlined. The underlying theme is that any capacity building exercise must include structural support (e.g. management, national frameworks) to ensure the incorporation of new initiatives and approaches. With time this enables ownership by counterparts and external partnerships to develop. The presence of an AYAD volunteer has been an effective strategy to achieve this. Reflections from the evaluators, the AYAD volunteer and the HIV/AIDS team are included.

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ID Code: 53832
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Health promotion, Public health, Melanesia, Pacific, HIV , AIDS, Prevention, Behaviour change, Solomon Islands
ISSN: 1015-7867
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Pacific Cultural Studies (200210)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Health Research Council of the Pacific Ltd
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2013 23:17
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2013 05:27

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