HIV / AIDS ProjectsHIV/AIDS related training and mentorship of health care workers in Kenya
a) Partnership in Advanced Clinical Education (PACE)
In 2011, the Kenya Paediatric Research Consortium (KEPRECON) partnered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UoMLSOM) and University of Nairobi to form the Partnership in Advanced Clinical Education (PACE). The goal of the project is to establish and support County based Centers of Excellence in provision of innovative HIV/AIDS related training and mentorship of health care workers (HCW) leading to the sustainable provision of innovative training of providers cascaded down to levels 2 and 3.
The project’s objectives are:
- To conduct Trainings of Trainer courses, including non-electronic distance learning in the selected counties.
- To support continuing provider training of other health care workers in the county by a team of county experts using traditional and non-electronic distance learning tools.
- To support other targeted educational methods like short workshops, seminars, expert talks to the regions, telephone consultations.
- To undertake advocacy activities towards increasing HCWs interest in HIV/AIDS care provision.
- To maintain presence in the strategic activities of the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP) and other stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
- Ten Trainings of Trainers on Innovative Teaching Methodologies, Mentorship and Orientation Package on Guidelines for Antiretroviral Therapy in Kenya have been conducted since the project commenced with over 300 health care workers trained from the five selected regional centers, this includes over thirty national mentors from NASCOP.
- We have maintained our presence in all strategic activities of NASCOP and other stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
- KEPRECON was fully involved in the development of the National Integrated HIV Curriculum.
- Developed Distance Learning Tool for Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment Plus (ETAT+) and successfully piloted.
- Approximately forty Continuous Medical Education (CME) were provided to health care workers in the regional training centers
- Advocacy to increase HCW interest in HIV/AIDS care provision through:
- Actively participating in the NASCOP CME arena.
- Supporting the regulatory bodies in enhancing systems of overseeing internship and in-service trainings
b) Paediatric HIV Project (2005 – 2010)
The goal of this project was to strengthen a Kenyan network of Paediatricians and other affiliated health workers both in government and the private sector to support the rapid expansion of paediatric HIV care, including antiretroviral therapy.
This vision of the project was to build and sustain the capacity of clinicians and other health workers in the provision of paediatric HIV care in addition to participating in paediatric HIV related policy issues in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
- To train Kenyan health workers in management of Paediatric HIV- through institution based training, workshops and symposiums. The project also developed trainers on comprehensive Paediatric HIV care including psychosocial care providers.
- To support all ART providers with regular supervisory visits (downstream mentorship) and clinical attachments at established comprehensive care facilities (institutional mentorship).
- To maintain a resource base at the KPA head-office linking it with the provincial centers for HIV specialist consultation and educational updates.
- Maintain national leadership role in Paediatric HIV issues at the National AIDS/STI Control Program (NASCOP) level.