The training activities in TARSC are implemented through formal training in workshops and short courses, through mentoring within specific research activities, and through exchange visits and attachments within TARSC and partner organisations with expertise. We have a portfolio of training materials that build on our use of participatory methods and involve innovative approaches. Visit our publications database for free copies of these materials. We ask that if you use them you acknowledge the original authorship and send us feedback on them to

We also provide free interactive web based training materials in adolescent health and in civil society and health. Our training covers our major skills areas of occupational and public health, HIV and AIDS, health equity, social security, food security and nutrition, gender equity, child and adolescent health and social development and reproductive health. If you are interested in TARSC training activities contact us at

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Auntie Stella:Teenagers talk about sex, life and relationships

‘Auntie Stella’, first produced in 1997, arose out of participatory action research with school-going youth, drawing on and reflecting their experiences, stories and concerns in relation to their reproductive health. The pack and website use a series of 33 letters, written in the style of a missive to a newspaper agony aunt. Letters are accompanied by a reply from Auntie Stella, questions for small-group discussion and back-up material for teachers and/or facilitators. Both the pack and website have been widely used in Zimbabwe and the southern African region, as well as in countries as far afield as India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and through internationally-based organizations.

Working with civil society in health

TARSC produced this training material for the World Health Organisation (WHO) for WHO Representatives, officials and country staff, as well as for health managers and decision makers working at national and district level. It is designed to build leadership motivation, awareness and skills towards facilitating the involvement of civil society groups in health systems. It provides information on options, avenues and mechanisms for civil society involvement in health. The online version was developed with Fahamu.

Latest Publications

Haciendo Visible el Cambio Evaluación de los Esfuerzos para Fomentar la Participación Social en la Salud
(January 2023)
Types of work: Participatory Action Research, Community Based Research, General Research, Training resources
Areas of work: Community and Public health
Country: Unknown Country
URL: MCV Resource Spanish 2022 for web.pdf

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