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    MSM Faculty in Swaziland to conduct an HIV Prevention Research Project and Capacity Building Training for the Swaziland Prison System

    MSM Faculty in Swaziland to conduct an HIV Prevention Research Project and Capacity Building Training for the Swaziland Prison System

    Dr. Ronald Braithwaite, professor in the Department of CHPM, Family Medicine and Psychiatry will lead a delegation of MSM faculty to Mbabane, Swaziland in Africa to conduct two capacity-building workshops for the Swaziland Department of Correctional Services. Swaziland is the epicenter for HIV world- wide. The project is funded by a grant from NIDA and involves conducting research in the Swaziland Prison system on HIV prevention strategies and the use of peer educators. The project will also deliver six capacity-building workshops for the correctional staff over a 2 year period. The first two workshops will involve Dr. Yolanda Wimberly, associate professor of pediatrics and assistant dean for graduate medical education who will be joined by two faculty from the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) to deliver a workshop on Sexually Transmitted Infections. Dr. Kisha Holden, assistant professor of psychiatry and associate director for the MSM Community Voices program will team with Dr. Brian McGregor, instructor of clinical psychiatry and staffer in the Community Voices program and with two UNISWA faculty to deliver a workshop on Mental Health for the correctional staff within the Swaziland Prison System. The MSM team will depart on 27 November and return on 5 December. The trip will culminate with a press conference to announce the initiative to the Swaziland citizens and local health providers.

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