MAC AIDS Fund Leadership in HIV Prevention (MAFLIP) Program Summary
Building on the successes of the MAC AIDS Fund Leadership Initiative (MAFLI) the MAC AIDS Fund Leadership in HIV Prevention (MAFLIP) aims to build on the skills of emerging young leaders in South Africa to address HIV prevention and gender equality as a joint program developed and implemented by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Human Science Research Council (HSRC), University of Kwazulu-Natal and Columbia University's HIV Center. Under both programmes, funded entirely by the MAC AIDS Fund, over 75 Fellows have been trained and supported.
To support the emergence of new leaders who will contribute to the development of effective approaches that reduce the spread and impact of HIV & AIDS and gender-based violence, and to promote gender equality.
The training aimed to provide participants with the opportunity to:
- expand knowledge regarding HIV transmission with an emphasis on obtaining relevant, useful information and developing effective, evidence-based intervention strategies in HIV prevention
- develop leadership skills that incorporate vision, purpose and clarity
- expand knowledge of the impact of gender inequality and gender-based violence on the spread of HIV and develop skills for gender empowerment and advocacy
- develop skills to provide effective, non-judgmental communication about human sexuality with different target populations in professional settings;
- develop skills to conceptualize, design and implement an effective, feasible HIV and gender-based violence prevention plan with concrete goals, objectives and evaluation components
- develop skills to sustain a program (e.g., budgeting, working with the media, capacity building, networking, and facilitation skills)
Below is a short video featuring the fellows and their projects.