Note: As of November 2012, I-TECH has concluded efforts in Angola and closed this program. Read more about the closeout here.
In 2010, after discussions with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Health, I-TECH began collaborating with a young academic institution, Universidade José Eduardo dos Santos (UJES) in Angola. Since the end of its civil war in 2002, Angola has been working to rebuild its health care infrastructure and increase the capacity of its health workforce. The primary goal of I-TECH’s programming in Angola is to strengthen the quality of education provided to medical, nursing, and allied health students in Huambo province. I-TECH has also built a strong partnership with Huambo Provincial Hospital, providing in-service trainings to nurses and physicians who care and treat patients living with HIV.
In August 2010, I-TECH conducted individual and focus group interviews at UJES School of Medicine and Polytecnic Institute and the HGH (Hospital Geral do Huambo, part of the Provincial Health Department, DPS) to determine possible areas of collaboration. Several recommendations were made, including a focus on the clinical training of medical students.
In response to these recommendations, I-TECH conducted an assessment to determine the readiness of five clinical sites (hospitals and health centers), which already serve as practicum sites for nursing and allied health students, to receive third-year medical students. I-TECH identified areas for strengthening the sites. Over the coming years, I-TECH plans to build the capacity of UJES and the DPS to provide quality clinical education for all cadres of health workers at these and other sites within the province.
Currently, I-TECH’s field manager, based in Huambo, provides day-to-day support to UJES and clinical practicum sites, and coordinates the work of visiting I-TECH technical advisors. With experience in clinical education in a variety of countries, including Mozambique (which, like Angola, uses Portuguese as its main language), technical advisors offer training to clinical faculty and guidance in improving the quality of clinical care.
Other recent activities include:
- From October to December of 2011, I-TECH implemented an HIV course at the Huambo Provincial Hospital. Over 60 physicians attended the weekly sessions, which were facilitated by local leadership, including the provincial health director, and a Seattle-based clinical advisor who provided support via distance technology.
- I-TECH, in collaboration with the DPS of Huambo and HGH, also conducted a training of trainers session for the facilitators and mentors of the HIV Clinical Mentoring Program for nurses. The aim of this training was to introduce clinical mentoring principles, instruments, and methodologies, using the experience of the Mozambique Clinical Mentoring Program. These tools provided participants with mentoring methodologies and tools they can use to train and mentor nurses participating in the program. The training was conducted from 8-11 May 2012, at HGH. Fourteen physicians from health centers around the province participated; they will be responsible for mentoring nurses to provide health care to HIV-positive patients. Participants welcomed the opportunity; final training evaluation shows that almost 100% were satisfied with the content, methodologies, and tools presented.
- Thirty-two mid-level nurses also participated in a three-week Assessment and Management of HIV-Related Conditions training, as part of I-TECH's HIV Clinical Mentoring Program. The target group was nurses from Huambo General Hospital, Tuberculosis Sanatory, and Huambo city health centers from all 11 cities in the province. The training goal was to provide nurse participants with the HIV clinical management knowledge, clinical skills, values, and attitudes they need to provide quality health care and treatment to people living with HIV and AIDS. The training was conducted at HGH from 14-29 May, and facilitated by HGH physicians, nurses, I-TECH staff, the DPS director and an INLS Huambo representative. Course evaluation showed a 31% increase in knowledge after the training. Nurses will be mentored by trained mentors for the next four months.