Health Workforce Development
It is critical that healthcare providers receive the necessary training to empower them to improve patient outcomes. I-TECH supports both pre-service and in-service training efforts in Haiti. In particular, I-TECH is a key partner of MSPP in maintaining its national clinical guidelines. In 2011, I-TECH began supporting the MSPP in its rollout of new malaria diagnosis and treatment guidelines through clinical mentoring and surveillance. In 2012, I-TECH began supporting the MSPP nutrition national program through clinical mentoring and surveillance. I-TECH clinical mentors also helped the National TB Control Program (PNLT) by revising the national TB curriculum and training providers on TB management and care. In 2016, I-TECH helped to update the MSPP’s HIV/AIDS care and treatment guidelines. Currently, I-TECH is working alongside the MSPP National AIDS Control Programme (PNLS) and the National Public Health Laboratory (LNSP) to develop the protocols for multi-month scripting (MMS) under ART and the Community Distribution of ARV (known by its French acronym DAC). I-TECH mentors accompany LNSP and PNLS staff to sites to implement MMS protocols, establish Community ART Groups (CAG) and monitor the use of viral load testing to assess viral suppression.
With the MSPP, I-TECH also revised pre-service training materials for the National Nursing School's (Ecoles Nationales d'Infirmières) curriculum. The curriculum, which offers a bachelor's degree in Nursing Science (BNS), was validated in January 2014. Faculty mentors conduct follow-up visits to support faculty members to incorporate new teaching methods into their courses. I-TECH also helped the faculty of the National Schools of Laboratory Technology revise the laboratory curriculum to be able to offer a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science. Faculty was trained on the use of this new curriculum. In January 2015, I-TECH handed over to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy and School of Medical Biology (FMP) and the Vice-Rector of the State University of Haiti (UEH) a set of materials and equipment to assist in the didactic training of students. See story in the Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste: “La FMP reçoit de l’I-TECH des matériels pour son nouveau laboratoire.”
I-TECH Clinical Mentors are resources to the MSPP and other implementing partners for various in-service training sessions provided to healthcare workers. They are frequently called upon to facilitate care and treatment, HIV/TB and viral load testing and monitoring and MARPs training, among others. I-TECH also works in partnership with the local training organization Institut Haïtien de Santé Communautaire (INHSAC) to develop and implement in-service training for health care workers. INHSAC has trained more than 1,100 physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and auxiliary health staff in areas including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), voluntary counseling and testing and rapid testing, family planning (FP) and comprehensive psychosocial support for people living with HIV/AIDS. I-TECH developed a web-based training management tool (TrainSMART) used by the MSPP to track continuing medical education of its workforce.