The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health, in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco. I-TECH has offices in Africa, India, and Haiti, and projects in more than twenty countries. I-TECH's approximately 500 worldwide staff work with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), medical facilities, and other partners to support the development of a skilled health work force and well-organized national health delivery systems.
Most of I-TECH's projects are organized to follow our Partnership Model, which describes a project cycle in which sustainability and transition to local ownership are key project outcomes.
I-TECH works primarily in the following technical areas:
|I-TECH combines the intellectual talents of leading clinicians, educators, researchers, and instructional designers to form multidisciplinary project teams. This results in innovative, comprehensive, and targeted capacity development activities that are tailored to the needs of individual countries.|
|ACADEMIC AFFILIATION||Supported by the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), I-TECH offers its network of offices and partners access to technical specialists and new research in all areas of global health. I-TECH also links to the 11 university-affiliated AIDS Education and Training Centers in the United States.|
|LEADERSHIP||The Principal Investigator for I-TECH is Dr. King K. Holmes, MD, PhD, Chair of the UW Department of Global Health. Dr. Holmes is one of the most influential infectious disease researchers and mentors of other scientists in the world.|
|GLOBAL PRESENCE||I-TECH is a network of NGOs in 10 countries in southern and eastern Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean region. Additionally, I-TECH implements projects in several countries where it does not maintain a formal presence, with support from its network. More than 85% of I-TECH employees are hired locally.|
|I-TECH has extensive experience in overseas human resource management, risk mitigation, contract monitoring, NGO registration, auditing, and quality assurance. I-TECH builds the capacity of its overseas offices so they can independently manage funds and operate strong in-country programs. Among the skills transferred to local staff are strategic planning, funds development, management systems, report writing, and managing for results.|
|EMPHASIS ON QUALITY
|I-TECH applies the principles of quality improvement to all of its work. Throughout a project cycle, I-TECH leads staff and partners through facilitated reflection on areas for improvement, and helps to address these areas by finding appropriate, relevant solutions.|
|EXPERIENCE WITH DIVERSE
DONORS AND PARTNERS
|I-TECH has extensive experience working with United States government partners, including the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The goal of all these partnerships is the development of better human resources for health, and achievement of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).|
I-TECH receives funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Department of Defense (DOD), and others. Most of I-TECH's project work is part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).