New HIV clinical training resource available from Impact/Family Health International

This article originally appeared in HIV & AIDS treatment in practice, an email newsletter for healthcare workers and community-based organisations in resource-limited settings published by NAM between 2003 and 2014.

A new facilitator's guide for training physicians, nurses and other health care workers to treat people with HIV/AIDS in developing countries is now available. "HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment: A Clinical Course for People Caring for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS" features facilitator's notes to guide the training process. An accompanying CD-Rom contains PowerPoint slides and notes for course participants.

This course is designed to address one of the greatest challenges to rapidly scaling-up antiretroviral therapy and care and support services in resource-constrained settings: training health workers to treat HIV-related conditions. The 436-page facilitator's guide covers the most important elements of care and treatment, including antiretroviral therapy, and addresses special issues related to women, young children, and people co-infected with tuberculosis.

The state-of-the-art book was produced by the Implementing AIDS Prevention and Care (IMPACT) Project, which is funded by the US. Agency for International Development and managed by Family Health International (FHI).

Glossary

capacity

In discussions of consent for medical treatment, the ability of a person to make a decision for themselves and understand its implications. Young children, people who are unconscious and some people with mental health problems may lack capacity.

FHI has worked in collaboration with ministries of health and community-based organizations to build capacity for comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support services. In Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda, FHI provides ART as part of a spectrum of comprehensive care services with support from USAID and the UK's Department for International Development.

The facilitator's guide and participant's manual are available in electronic form at the Family Health International website

Hard copies are available free to users in developing countries. To request one, please send complete mailing address to: aidspubs@fhi.org