K4Health toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.
What is the purpose of the Multiple and Concurrent Partnerships and HIV Toolkit?
This toolkit contains resources selected by the staff of FHI to help policy makers, program managers, service providers, and other audiences improve programs to reduce the incidence of multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships (MCP), to help prevent the spread of HIV infection. Program experience is demonstrating the benefits of addressing MCP as an HIV prevention strategy, but this area of research is relatively new, so there is little data on which to judge effective approaches.More research is needed and the materials gathered here can help to support it.
What types of resources are included in this toolkit?
This toolkit provides a one-stop source for reliable, relevant, and usable information about reducing the occurrence of multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships. The resources were selected with health policy makers, program managers, and service providers in mind. For example, the toolkit contains:
- Up-to-date background and reference materials to design evidence-based, state-of-the-art programs
- Job aids and other tools to increase the effectiveness and quality of program activities and services
- PowerPoint presentations and other quality information resources that can be downloaded and adapted to better serve local circumstances and languages
- Various publication formats: books, manuals, briefs, case studies, fact sheets, newsletters, pamphlets, posters, project reports, reviews, teaching and training materials, photographs, and other tools
Who should use this toolkit?
- Policy makers will find research and information to help set national guidelines for programs to reduce the occurrence of multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships.
- Program managers will find information and job aids to help them conduct qualitative assessments and gather epidemiological data to support the design of effective MCP-reduction activities.
- Health care providers will find information and job aids to help them counsel clients effectively about the risks of MCP.
- Communication professionals can use the toolkit’s resources to explore strategies, media, and messages about MCP and HIV for policy makers, advocates, program managers, communities, and clients of health care services.
- Trainers can review the latest training techniques and curricula to help researchers and program managers who are involved in MCP research or reduction programs.
- Researchers can create customized searches for scientific articles, reports, photographs, and other materials relating to MCP and HIV.
How should this toolkit be used?
Reducing the occurrence of MCP to help prevent the spread of HIV requires a holistic approach: accurate information; up-to-date policies and guidelines; quality training, supervision, and services; and effective communication and marketing. This toolkit provides information on all these elements and contains tools and resources to help you implement a variety of MCP intervention strategies.
To browse the content of this toolkit, use the navigation on the right to view resources related to key program topics. You can also use the search box if you know what you are looking for or have a specific item in mind.
Resources in this toolkit can be downloaded and adapted for teaching and training, research, advocacy, policy making, and program management purposes. Some of the tools are readily available in adaptable format (for example, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or Word documents). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use. (Please remember to credit the source.) If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name of the toolkit in the subject line of your message.
Who developed this toolkit?
FHIl staff selected the resources based on a search for relevant published and grey literature, and on staff experience working with ministries of health and partner organizations to conduct HIV prevention research and implement HIV prevention programs around the world.
How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit?
We invite you to participate in the evolution and enhancement of this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included, please use the feedback form to suggest them. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.
How can I make a comment or give feedback about this toolkit?
If you have comments about the toolkit, please use the feedback form. Your feedback will help to ensure that the toolkit remains up-to-date and is continually improved. For example, you can share ideas about how you have used the toolkit in your work so that others can adapt what they learn from your experiences.