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Introduction to the Bridge Project

Bridge Project is a collaborative project led by FHI 360 in partnership with the University of Manitoba (UoM), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through its India AIDS Initiative (Avahan), with the goal of accelerating the control of HIV epidemics in selected countries in Africa and Asia, through the dissemination of the approaches and learning from scaled HIV prevention interventions in India.

Bridge Project aims to share and disseminate Avahan India learnings and experiences of HIV prevention efforts with MARPs and provide need based technical assistance, to selected countries in Africa and Asia. Key achievements of the Avahan program include technologies and innovations towards:

  • Rapid scaling-up of targeted HIV preventive interventions
  • Application of management principles to public health efforts
  • Evidence-based programming and use of data for decision making
  • Promoting community leadership for sustaining HIV prevention

A key mechanism for cross learning would be six e-learning initiatives provided through this platform:

E-forums – a different topic will be discussed on the forum every month for a specified period of two weeks, allowing for participants to question, clarify doubts and share country and intervention specific experiences. The forums will be moderated alternately between FHI 360 and UoM, while having resource persons from both organizations to share their expertise and their learnings.

Webinars– a web based seminar will be conducted with one or multiple resource persons. This will include sharing of powerpoint presentations, documents, audio-visuals where possible and discussions. A chat option is available during the webinar to allow for questions only to be addressed to the host/resource person or to the group. These webinars will be conducted every month alternately by FHI 360 and UoM experts.

Live chats – a fixed date and time chat session will be fixed after every e-forum and webinar to allow for more in-depth discussions and clarifications. This will provide participations an opportunity to discuss their queries and experiences with the resource person in greater detail.

Webcasts – a webcast on a pre-decided topic will be played at a specific time every month and participants can leave comments and questions which will later be responded to by the resource persons. The webcasts will then be archived for further viewing at any point in time.

E-tutorials – specially designed e-courses on specific topics will be uploaded on the portal. The tutorials will consist of a pre-test questionnaire, learning sessions and will end with a post-test questionnaire. Users who get 80% and more correct on their post-test questionnaire will be entitled to a certificate which can be printed immediately. A user can re-do an e-tutorial any number of times and can also take multiple e-tutorials.

Learning Resources– a grid showing the learning resources available at FHI 360 and UoM, including a description will be displayed. A link to download a pdf version or direct the user to an HTML version will also be available, where applicable.

For any clarifications or additional details, please feel free to contact:

Dr Sanjeevsingh Gaikwad
Project Director
FHI 360

Dr. Stephen Moses
Project Director
University of Manitoba


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