Caribbean

Since 2003, I-TECH has been providing technical support and capacity building with health ministries and local organizations in the Caribbean Region to respond to the local HIV epidemic. Technical assistance has focused on continuous quality improvement, clinical mentoring of physicians and nurses, health systems strengthening, e-Learning, and instructional design. Currently, the team is doing pioneering work to improve provider-patient communication with key populations affected by HIV in the region—gay and bisexual men, other men who have sex with men, people of transgender experience, and sex workers.

I-TECH’s work in the Caribbean supports activities to improve retention in care, treatment adherence, and viral suppression and to reduce loss to follow-up in HIV care and treatment programs. I-TECH implements programs to strengthen access and quality of care for all people living with HIV, with an emphasis on key population groups that bear a disproportionate burden of HIV infection. I-TECH currently works in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname and has worked in many other Caribbean countries in the past including Barbados, the Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Dominica.

Program Highlights

Improving HIV Care and Treatment across the Caribbean
I-TECH supports a variety of activities aimed at improving HIV care and treatment in the Caribbean region, such as on-site clinical mentoring, development of training curricula, and providing clinical support materials to improve care and treatment for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean region ...
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Continuous Quality Improvement Collaborative in the Caribbean
Since 2013, I-TECH has led quality improvement (QI) collaboratives in the Caribbean region, enabling multidisciplinary teams at health facilities to work toward a common goal of improving care and treatment for HIV-positive patients ...
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HIV ECHO Tele-Mentoring in the Caribbean
I-TECH facilitates an HIV ECHO® program, a distance-based tele-mentoring program for providers and clinics across the region. Weekly sessions provide access to brief HIV clinical updates along with an opportunity to present and receive consultation on challenging or unusual clinical care issues from a team of multi-cadre HIV experts as ...
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Improving HIV Care for Key Populations in the Caribbean
Key, at-risk populations in the region include men who have sex with men (MSM), bisexual men, transgender women, and sex workers. In Jamaica, HIV prevalence among MSM was estimated at 32.8%,1 as compared to an estimated prevalence of 1.8% in the general adult population in 2017.1 Among transgender women, the ...
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