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Overview of I-TECH

The International Training

And Education Center on HIV

CHART Principals & Partners Meeting

February 2, 2007


  • I-TECH funded by HRSAandHHS/CDC-GAP in April 2002 at University of Washington in Seattle

    • Principal Investigator: King K. Holmes, MD, PhD

  • Joint project with University of California San Francisco

  • Additional funds from USAID since 2003 for work in the Caribbean

    • Principal Investigator: Ann Downer, MS, EdD

    • Caribbean Field Manager: June Alleyne Griffin

  • Work in 25 countries worldwide

    • ~225 employees, ~50 employees in Seattle

    • 10 field offices

    • ~120 partnerships and vendors


Increase human and institutional capacity for effective care and treatment of HIV/AIDS:

  • Building infrastructure for long-term delivery of effective training and health care services

  • Increasing human capacity in program management, clinical care, instructional design, information management, monitoring and evaluation

  • Promoting transfer of learning from classroom to practice through clinical mentoring and long-term decision support

  • Providing support for implementation of continuous quality management practices

I-TECH Caribbean

Improving HIV/AIDS Training & Service Delivery in the Caribbean


  • Build capacity to sustain training competence within Caribbean

  • Support CHART

The year in review
The Year in Review

Key Activities

  • M&E Workshop

  • Training Integration Workshop

  • Clinical Mentoring

  • Tb/HIV CoInfection Project

  • Mid-Term Evaluation

  • Caribbean Partnership for Nurses in HIV & AIDS



  • Support for Sustainable M&E Systems at CHART Centres (RCU, Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados)

  • Trinidad & Tobago National Training Center (NTC) becoming a reality

  • “A Successful Collaborative Effort to Train Health Care Workers in PMTCT in the Caribbean” Abstract Accepted at the Global Health Council's 34th Annual International Conference on Global Health, Partnerships: Working Together for Global Health.

  • Bahamas National PMTCT Curriculum Launch. Nassau, Bahamas Feb. 19-23, 2007.

  • TB/HIV Coinfection Initiative -- New initiative partnering CAREC, CHART, I-TECH and Curry Center

Training materials
Training Materials

Materials developed in the Caribbean in collaboration with CHART and other partners:

  • PMTCT Curricula -- Generic Regional and Bahamas

  • Continuum of Care for Mothers, Infants and Families

  • Caribbean HIV & AIDS Pocket Guide for Nurses

  • Stigma & Discrimination Trigger Video Curriculum for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Training Programs

  • Group Education Package (VCT)

  • Core Competencies Database


  • Support capacity development needs in the subregion that will ensure quality care and treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS

  • Strengthen links with CHART and other national, regional, and international programs and resources


  • Capacity Development Program Development

  • Training Coordinator -- part of the OECS HAPU team

  • Support for GFATM Phase II Request for Continued Funding -- working with RCM and HAPU

  • National Training Focal Points for each OECS country

  • Verification of Training Needs

    -- Clinical Mentoring

    -- Leadership and Management in the Health Sector


  • A joint CHART/I-TECH exploratory mission to Suriname is planned for late March.

Guyana national training coordinating centre
Guyana National Training & Coordinating Centre


  • Established 2005

  • Budget approximately $268,500/year

  • Implemented in collaboration with FXB

  • Staff of four to carry out activities

  • Close collaboration with Health Sciences Education Unit


  • Coordinate HIV-related training in Guyana among many partners

  • Develop standardized curricula and materials

  • Provide high quality HIV training and capacity development for health care workers

Key accomplishments
Key Accomplishments

  • GYNTCC advisory board established

  • HIV.gov.gy website complete and updated

  • 153 HCW trained (April 2006 – January 2007)

  • Quarterly National HIV training calendar

  • Draft National Curricula for Nurses, Dentist, Pharmacists

Way forward for gyntcc
Way Forward for GYNTCC

  • Finalize curricula for nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and multidisciplinary teams

  • Increased focus on pre-service integration

  • Work with MOH to complete National Training Plan

  • TIMS roll out as national training information system

  • Consider improving Caribbean-regional linkages

Projections for 2007 i tech caribbean
Projections for 2007(I-TECH Caribbean)

  • Expand Clinical Support

  • Provide M&E Support for OECS and Haiti

  • Develop Caribbean ARV Curriculum

  • Finalize Core Competencies Database

  • Develop Performance Standards

  • Complete Mid-Term Evaluation

  • Continue/Expand Support for OECS Training

  • Implement Tb/HIV Coinfection Activities

  • Collaborate with MEASURE to Expand Usefulness of HSPA Data

Thank you

Thank you.

For more information:

[email protected]

[email protected]