CARE Act Expertise is Used to Fight Epidemic Abroad
In 2002 HRSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the International Training and Education Center on HIV, known as I-TECH. The goal for I-TECH was to capture lessons learned over 2 decades of administering 11 U.S.-based AIDS Education and Training Centers and to disseminate those learnings to organizations in the developing world.
I-TECH was designed to assist more than a dozen countries that were hardest hit by the epidemic with establishing self-sustaining health care worker training systems. Although it is not a CARE Act program, I-TECH is a shining example of how high-level expertise acquired through CARE Act implementation has been used to further HIV/AIDS treatment efforts worldwide.
Some Products of I-TECH “Know How”
As part of its efforts in the Caribbean, I-TECH has created a series of 13 short video scenarios designed to be used during HIV/AIDS training for health workers at all levels. Scenarios are designed to prompt a discussion about common situations in Caribbean health care settings where HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination may occur and can be prevented.
I-TECH held a 5-day training for University of Namibia nursing faculty from two university campuses; the training focused on building skills and teaching physical examinations of people with HIV/AIDS.
I-TECH produced a comprehensive guide for developing a clinical mentoring program in resource-constrained settings. The guide includes step-by-step instructions for starting and maintaining an effective clinical mentoring program, including tools for local modification and use as well as related training resources such as curricula and video segments.