UNESCO review of higher education institutions' responses to HIV and AIDS. Brazil: the case of the University of Brasilia

Case Studies & Research
41 p.

The University of Brasilia (UnB) lacks an institutional policy towards the HIV/AIDS epidemic, be it directed to its own university community or to the community beyond its invisible walls. Nevertheless, various initiatives have been developed and implemented since 1996, especially in its Medical, Social Services and Psychology schools. Furthermore, the University's Hospital (HUB) is a reference centre for treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS in Brasilia and its surrounding towns. Most of these initiatives have reached out to the larger community even before focusing on faculty, staff and students of the UnB. Despite clear support from the Dean's Office, and despite generally lacking personnel, resources, or even basic materials, these initiatives have been able to develop a large set of far-reaching partnerships with government agencies, international organizations, NGOs and private firms. Their actions have helped to increase awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, stimulate prevention and HIV testing, train students and teachers (university, elementary and high school), improve treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Some have been so successful that they have caught the attention of foreign institutions, which have visited the campus to learn from their experiences.

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