For our projects, we have been given the enriching experience of interning at the GRAAM office. For the next five weeks, Katherine will be working at the State Training Centre department of GRAAM. STRC is supported by the National Aids Control organization. The role of STRC is to strengthen the capacity of targeted intervention project staff, including peer educators, outreach workers, program managers and counselors, and to undertake operational research.
Katherine will be developing supplementary training manuals for the project staff, and accumulating additional research material to assist with the center’s ongoing research projects. Alexandra, on the other hand, will be focusing on community participation and engagement in health. This intervention strategy motivates the community and its representatives to directly implement, monitor, and evaluate public health services that address self-defined needs. This bottom-up approach empowers the community and indirectly provides an accountability framework ensuring government responsibility. Alexandra will be conducting research that will culminate in a case-study analysis and literature review paper that will assist GRAAM in future health intervention endeavors.
We are very excited to see what our projects have in store for us. We hope that these next few weeks will lead to development, professionally, academically and personally. SVYM has given us incredible opportunities and we are so grateful for this experience.
All the best,
Alexandra and Katherine