Areas of Expertise
HIV/AIDS Mitigation in Developing Countries
Schooling is one of the best weapons in the fight against HIV/AIDS in developing countries, but often HIV/AIDS devastates the school system. AIR works within and through the education sector to reduce HIV/AIDS and mitigate the impact of the disease by:
- preventing the spread of infection through school-based education and training;
- making accommodations for those children with HIV/AIDS to increase their access to educational opportunities, and providing support while they are in school;
- reducing stigma through education and raising awareness; and
- empowering communities, particularly women and girls, to have more control over their economic and reproductive options.
Little research has been done to understand the interplay between HIV/AIDS and disability at the household or community level, either nationally or globally. This pilot study is only the first of many necessary steps to understand the complex and little researched relationship between HIV/AIDS and disability.
The USAID-funded ENGAGE Project is introducing inclusive education for children with disabilities in Bagh, Pakistan. Twenty-five teachers in Bagh are participating in Pakistan's first project to introduce inclusive education training in a public school setting.