Quality Improvement (QI) of HIV Care and Treatment, and Expanded Clinical Mentoring

I-TECH provides assistance to MISAU in implementation of the national Quality Improvement for HIV Services (QIHS) Strategy, with the goal of improving HIV clinical care through the training of clinicians in QI cycles (Plan-Do-Study-Act) and mentoring to improve weak performance indicators. To expand the impact of its programming, ART Committees and distance learning have been used to reach health workers in more rural settings.

I-TECH supports the creation, initial training, and continuing education for MISAU’s ART Committees that work at the provincial level to handle complicated HIV cases, including the identification of HIV treatment failure and approvals of drug regimen changes.

To close HIV skills and knowledge gaps among various cadres of clinicians, particularly those located in remote areas, I-TECH supports both on-site clinical mentoring and distance learning. Access to clinical consultation by telephone (a “warmline”) as well as online resources for self-study and group courses are available to improve and reinforce clinical skills development.