XVIII International AIDS Conference


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Progress on the national commitments derived from the Ministerial Declaration “Preventing through Education”: follow-up actions in Mexico, August 2008- December 2009

J.A. Izazola-Licea1, C. García de Leon2, H. Sucilla-Perez3, H. Pérez-Vazquez3

1National Center for AIDS Prevention and Control (CENSIDA), Director General, Mexico City, Mexico, 2National Center for AIDS Prevention and Control (CENSIDA), Director of Prevention and Social Participation, Mexico City, Mexico, 3National Center for AIDS Prevention and Control (CENSIDA), Directorate of Prevention and Social Participation, Mexico City, Mexico

Issues: On August 1st, 2008, Ministries of Health and Ministries of Education of 31 Latin American and the Caribbean countries approved the Ministerial Declaration “Preventing through Education.
Description: The Ministry of Health of Mexico established a management group, to activities related to the Declaration. A Work-group on Comprehensive Sex Education was established in the Prevention Committee of the National HIV/AIDS Council. This group considers the participation of Ministries, NGO, UN, academia. The National Norm for School Health Promotion was modified by calling MoH and MoE to develop joint annual plans. MoH in collaboration with MoE developed the National Health Card for population 10-19 years old. This Card includes a chapter on sexual and reproductive health to monitor access to goods and services for adolescents and youth. In addition, 13,456 training sessions were offered to health workers and teachers in service and 2,820 for those in pre-service stages. The National HIV/AIDS Center developed, in collaboration with regional experts, a Glossary of comprehensive sex education and HIV terminology in Spanish. MoH and MoEd developed a Guide Book for teachers of the School and Health Program, including comprehensive sex health issues. Sexual and Reproductive Friendly Health Services were evaluated and 174 were unsubscribed (bad quality standards). Seven Ambulatory Health Services for HIV were created.
Lessons learned: International frameworks based on scientific evidence, contribute to strength and develop joint health and education policies and strategies focused on HIV prevention. Since the Declaration was approved, relations and planning processes between MoH and MoE have been improved in order to strength joint strategies for other health issues like HIN1-epidemic, obesity.
Next steps:
a) health and education programs must be evaluated and updated,
b) a national M&E system for this initiative,
c) definition of Friendly services,
d) diffusion at local levels and legislators.

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