By Xavier Orellana
UN Cares, the UN system-wide workplace programme on HIV held its regional meeting for West and Central Africa on 8 – 13 April 2013, gathering 53 participants from 22 countries.
This meeting consisted of a three-day workshop where countries shared their achievements and challenges in regards to implementing this inter-agency programme. Participants were able to get acquainted with new materials and tools, such as a new e-course that all UN organisations will soon offer for their staff worldwide.
This meeting also included 3 days of "training of facilitators" to prepare participants for delivering learning sessions in their respective duty stations. UN Cares learning sessions are usually 4 hours long, and cover the basic information about HIV prevention, treatment, care, and UN policies about HIV in the UN workplace.