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The First Social Work Course “Social Work Practice with People Affected by HIV and Aids” Introduced in Dushanbe for students of Tajik National University

26 May 2017, Dushanbe, Tajikistan – United Nations Development Programme in Tajikistan through UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS (UNDP, UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF) and by technical support of Social Work Department of the Tajik National University (TNU) conducted the demonstration lesson of the first study course for students of the Social Work Department of the TNU entitled “Social Work Practice with People Affected by HIV and AIDS”.

The first study course –social work practice with people affected by HIV and AIDS at Tajik National University for students of social work department   

The demonstration lesson is aimed at presenting and discussing the recently designed course syllabus on social work practice with people affected by HIV and AIDS.  The mentioned course has been initiated in March 2017 that will last until June 2017; it is expected to further review and finalize the course syllabus based on feedback of faculty and students to fully integrate it into university curricula starting from September 2017. 

In total 22 students of Year 1-5 from Social Work Department of TNU volunteered to take part in the education process.  The number of students is expected to increase in nearest future. 

During the introductory session, Mr. Nazarov Rustamkhon, Dean of the Philosophy Faculty of the Tajik National University highlighted, “We would like to thank all faculty for their enormous contribution for the development of the syllabi.   Starting from September 2017 we will introduce the course as the main subject of the social work”. 

Mr. Nazarov Rustamkhon, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy under Tajik National University during his presentation




Ms. Aminzoda Gulru, Year 3 student of the Department of Social Work (TNU) and a listener of the course “Social Work Practice with People Affected by HIV and AIDS”  underlined,  “The main reason to choose this subject was to gain more information on HIV infection and share my knowledge with other people. This course is very important for us, because when we will finish university, one of the categories of service recipients will be people living with HIV (PLHIV) and the knowledge obtained during the course will facilitate in my future work with PLHIV”.

Mr. Kurbon Giyoev, Head of the department of social work under Tajik National University during his interview

“This course has been taught twice a week since March and will last till June 2017. Later we will review the syllabus for further update.  It is a selective course; and at present 22 students have selected it. PLHIV constantly face challenges in receiving proper social services, as well as they encounter stigma and discrimination. Such situation necessitates the country to consider these issues and provide proper social services to vulnerable groups of population.  This course is conducted by senior lecturers of the social department under TNU. In addition to the lecturers from TNU we also invite experts from communities and civil society organizations, who have an extensive experience working with this stratum of population” stressed  Mr. Kurbon Giyoev, Head of the Department of Social Work under TNU.

Information: April 2016 United Nations Development Programme in Tajikistan through UNJoint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS started cooperation indevelopment of the training programme social work practice with people affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as the methodological guideline for case management.  In August 2016, during the National Round Table the draft of the study course for students of the Social Work Department of the TNU the   theoretical content of the draft of the elective course and social work syllabus which consists from18 topics presented.  In 2017, following course has been trained twice a week. It was selective course and in total 22 students involved since March and starting from   September of 2017 this course will be taught from now onwards. 
 

For more information, please contact: Mr. Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV and AIDS in Tajikistan at: Bakhtiyor.mirzoev@undp.org

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