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Health, counselling & safety

HIV/AIDS Inclusivity & Change Unit (HAICU)


HIV/AIDS Inclusivity & Change Unit (HAICU) which is situated within the Transformation Services Office (TSO), provides services to students and staff and is responsible for co-ordinating the university's response to HIV/AIDS.

It works to implement many aspects of the university's HIV/AIDS policy through support, education, training and awareness programmes for UCT students.

HAICU works to equip graduates with both the professional and personal skills to respond appropriately to HIV. This is aligned with UCT's strategic objectives of creating future professionals and leaders who not only make a contribution to combating HIV and AIDS in their chosen discipline, but who have a strong sense of social justice. These graduates can help shift societal attitudes towards inclusivity and contribute to the creation of a society that values diversity.

HAICU's curriculum integration

HAICU co-ordinates the incorporation of HIV and AIDS materials into formal curricula at UCT in order to expand upon students' existing HIV knowledge.

UCT faculties have adopted a number of different approaches to the integration of HIV and AIDS into the formal curriculum, including formal course components and modules.

There are compulsory and examinable HIV and AIDS-related courses for all first-year students in the commerce and health sciences faculties, and both these courses are designed to stimulate their critical thinking skills. Health Sciences students also receive formal teaching on HIV and AIDS throughout the curricula, with MBChB students in particular receiving clinical exposure to HIV/AIDS through medicine lectures, tutorials and bedside teaching, which includes input from the Division of Clinical Pharmacology.

Additionally, within the Commerce Faculty, a 3 lecture HIV component was taught in 2011 by HAICU as part of the Management Studies 4050 course.

HIV and AIDS-related modules are also offered within the Humanities Faculty, in the African Gender Institute, Education, Historical Studies, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Sociology and Social Development. The Science Faculty explores biological, chemical, molecular, cellular and environmental aspects of HIV in certain courses.

During 2011 the Law Faculty offered an elective regarding human rights law, which looked at the provision of ARVs to pregnant women living with HIV, and for the first time all first-year law students attended HAICU's O-Week HIV awareness workshops.

For more information about the HIV and AIDS curricula and co-curricula activities across the institution download HAICU's latest report to Council.

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Tel: 021 650 1006
Fax: 021 650 3600


HEAIDS HIV/AIDS survey media release

HEAIDS HIV/AIDS study findings


HAICU website