SFU-SANTHE Intensive Course: Inter-disciplinary approaches to understanding the global burden of HIV and youth 2017

May 1 to 11, 2017 saw a group of 20 students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds converge in Durban, South Africa, to attend SANTHE'S second, intensive experiential learning field course in global health focussing on HIV and youth, organised in conjunction with Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada.

The course entitled, Global Health, HIV and Youth, focused on a “cell to society” approach, and was led by Angela Kaida, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) at the Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU. She said the course was not only intended to teach and expose the students to a background in HIV virology, immunology, and epidemiology, but also about “creating community and building networks”.

The students, a mixture of undergraduates, MPHs, PhDs and post-docs from Africa and Canada, brought a wealth of different perspectives to the table while examining the global burden of HIV among youth from an inter-disciplinary perspective - as well as the actions required to meet UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets to end AIDS by 2030.