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I-TECH provides the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network and other organizations in the region with targeted technical assistance in the areas of clinical mentoring of physicians and nurses, quality improvement, operational systems strengthening, and instructional design.
Caribbean

Overview

I-TECH played a central role in helping to establish the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network in 2003, and continues to provide targeted technical assistance to it and other organizations in the region in the areas of clinical mentoring of physicians and nurses, quality improvement, operational systems strengthening, and instructional design. The CHART Network is made up of six training centers, which are located in the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and two in Haiti. A Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) is based at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. As a result of the network's increased capacity, I-TECH has been transitioning its leadership role to the CHART RCU.

Program Highlights

I-TECH's objectives for 2009 include:

Training Materials

I-TECH, working in collaboration with the CHART Network and other international partners, has developed or funded many training and clinical support materials for the Caribbean region including:

  • Interim Caribbean Guidelines for the Prevention, Treatment, Care and Control of Tuberculosis. In view of the increasing number of tuberculosis (TB) cases seen in the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) member countries, the need for improving systems for the management and control of the disease is recognized. These guidelines for prevention, treatment, care, and control are intended to underscore the importance of fully implementing the "Stop TB Strategy" to TB prevention and control efforts in the Caribbean; serve as a reference document for CAREC member countries to demonstrate where the International Standards for TB Care can support National TB Programme (NTP) guidelines; highlight areas where NTPs and National HIV and AIDs Programmes (NAP) can collaborate to improve diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with TB, HIV and TB/HIV coinfection; provide practical recommendations and useful tools that can be adapted to meet the diversity of our Caribbean NTPs.
  • Caribbean HIV and AIDS Pocket Guide for Nurses. Developed in collaboration with the Caribbean Partnership for Nurses in HIV & AIDS Care.
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    Filming a Training Video in the Caribbean.
  • Training Toolkit CD-ROM of materials provides a variety of resources to help people coordinate, design, develop, deliver, and evaluate training for HIV and AIDS health care providers. Developed in collaboration with the CHART Network.
  • HIV & AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in Caribbean Health Care Settings video. Trigger scenarios (13 short video scenarios) to trigger discussion and facilitator guide. Developed in collaboration with the CHART Network.
  • Trigger Scenarios video. Five scenarios are presented to generate discussion about difficult situations: Delivering test results to a sero-discordant couple; assessing a patient for ARV readiness; and three scenes about patient confidentiality. Developed in collaboration with the CHART Network.
  • Three educational videotapes for Caribbean clinicians: (1) Epidemiology of HIV in the Caribbean, (2) HIV Antiretroviral Therapy: Caribbean Approaches and Perspectives, and (3) Management of the HIV-Infected Pregnant Woman: Caribbean Approaches and Perspectives. Developed in collaboration with the CHART Network.
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in the Caribbean. Regional curriculum includes participant handbook and facilitator guide. Developed in collaboration with the CHART Network.
  • Bahamas National PMTCT Curriculum. Regional PMTCT curriculum and WHO PMTCT generic training package adapted to create the Bahamas National PMTCT Curriculum. Developed in collaboration with the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and CHART Bahamas.
  • Barbados National PMTCT Curriculum. Bahamas National PMTCT curriculum and WHO PMTCT generic training package adapted to create the Barbados National PMTCT Curriculum. Developed in collaboration with CHART Barbados.
  • Continuing Care for Mothers, Children, and Families Following PMTCT Programmes. Regional curriculum for the Caribbean. Developed by François-Xavier Bagnoud Center at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in collaboration with CHART Bahamas and I-TECH.
  • Bahamas National Curriculum for the Continuing Care for Mothers, Children, and Families Following Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Programmes. Adapted for the Bahamas from the Caribbean Regional Curriculum on Continuing Care for Mothers, Children, and Families. Developed by François-Xavier Bagnoud Center at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in collaboration with CHART Bahamas and I-TECH.
  • Caribbean Guidelines for the Care and Treatment of Persons with HIV Infection. Developed in collaboration with the CHART Network.

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