Mi-Care Training Programme

Mi-Care is an annual training programme that enhances the capacity of migrant community health advocates to fully engage in healthcare planning, practice and policy.

Mi-Care focuses on improving access to quality healthcare services, including the prevention, testing, treatment and care of HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis. This programme ensures that learners are equipped with the knowledge, networks, resources and tools to mobilise and support the diverse migrant communities with which they work across the European region. Upon successful completion of the programme, learners will receive a non-accredited certificate and there is the possibility to be inducted into one of the working groups on the Mi-Health platform to engage with key stakeholders to address barriers to healthcare access and to improve migrant outcomes.

Course Outline

The programme is comprised of 4 modules over 5 weeks and English is the language of instruction. The training takes place via Zoom.

Module 1: HIV science for communities to upskill advocates and give insights into the treatment landscape

13 and 14 September: 12:00-13:00 CET, facilitated by Simon Collins, an HIV treatment activist, advocate and senior editor at HIV i-Base.

Module 2: Data and research on HIV and migration

20 September: time TBC, facilitated by Teymur Noori, an expert at the ECDC on HIV data and epidemiology.

21 September: 11:00-13:00 CET, facilitated by Dr. Christiana Nöstlinger, a senior social scientist in the Public Health Department at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp. Specialising in health promotion and HIV prevention research, she will provide the relevant knowledge on gaps in data, adequate research methods and the importance of collecting data at the frontline.

Module 3: Policy directions and current topics at the national and international levels for HIV, healthcare and health systems

4 October: 10:00-12:00 CET, facilitated by Gary Jones, Senior Humanitarian Advisor at UNAIDS. He will provide an overview of the European policy landscape, up-to-date information about the connection between immigration and health policies and concrete policy recommendations.

5 October: Time and facilitator TBC

Module 4: Advocacy tactics and techniques to advocate at the national and international levels

17 October: 14:00-16:00 CET, facilitated by Dr. Bornice Biomndo. She works in health promotion (HIV, hepatitis, COVID-19) and care coordination at Fixpunkt e.V. and will provide an overview of advocacy concepts and the use of advocacy to influence health outcomes and policy.

18 October: Time and facilitator TBC

Who should apply?

Migrants; frontline workers; healthcare activists; professionals working with documented and undocumented migrants, refugees and asylum seekers across the European region; and professionals working on HIV, TB and viral hepatitis. Contact anna@africadvocacy.org with questions.

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