a page from the Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges
in Global Health Annual meeting, the Training Program will
implement learning visits around the Major Courses. Learning
visits take visiting trainees and mentors and provide full
day to half day tours of various projects around the centers
hosting the major course for that year. Their guides and
hosts will be the trainees from the host training site.
These visits will occur in the week just after the major
course. For example, while in Winnipeg learning visits
would include a tour of the NML, visit to a First Nations
community or a visit to a field station where Hantavirus
in rodent populations are studied. When in Nairobi, the
Learning Visits would include a tour of the Majengo Sex
Workers clinic, a tour of the new CFI-funded laboratory
building, a visit to Kenyatta National Hospital, and a trip
to the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative. In Bangalore, Learning
Visits would include field visits with some of the Karnataka
Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) projects such as Sankalp
and Samastha which provide HIV care to high risk populations
such as female sex workers and men who have sex with men.
Other Learning Visits would include seeing the activities
of the host academic institution St. Johnís Medical College.
In Colombia, visits to indigenous communities in Northeastern Colombia where trainees observe the process of obtaining informed consent and the collection of data through interviews conducted as part of a maternal health survey.
The Learning Visits will be a way for mentors and trainees
of The Program to meet each other and learn about the various
scientific projects and the challenges and opportunities
offered by the local environment unique to each Training