HIV counselling resource package for the Asia-Pacific
WHO/SEARO | WHO/WPRO | UNICEF | Family Health International
The HIV counselling resource package for the Asia-Pacific is a modular, three-part resource and training package tailored to the sociocultural and epidemic contexts of the Asia-Pacific region. While there are many HIV counselling resources, few focus on regional aspects of the epidemic. This package, developed in consultation with experts throughout the region, concentrates on meeting the specific needs of individuals from socially marginalized populations, who are often most at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. It outlines the key activities and information involved in training HIV counsellors and goes beyond simple pre- and post-test counselling. The package takes into account the heterogeneity of counsellor trainees and their wide-ranging background. The intended audience is made up of trainers, counsellors in training, and working counsellors, but the materials may also serve as a useful guide for medical staff and care providers, counselling professionals, community-based workers, and lay counsellors.