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Overview of I-TECH The International Training And Education Center on HIV CHART Principals & Partners Meeting February 2, 2007. Background. I-TECH funded by HRSA and HHS/CDC-GAP in April 2002 at University of Washington in Seattle Principal Investigator: King K. Holmes, MD, PhD

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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
  • 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.

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