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Nursing/HCW Cadres

World Health Organization guidelines for placing all HIV positive individuals on antiretroviral treatment has intensified the demand for a competent and accessible global health work force that can accommodate 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets for testing, treating, and virally suppressing HIV patients. There is an urgent need to concentrate on effective, differentiated, and cost-efficient service delivery models that embrace high quality patient-centered HIV care as countries adopt and roll out Test and Start. Achieving 90-90-90 will require substantial shifts in how HIV services are staffed and delivered; different solutions, including task sharing, are still needed to reach targets. Over the past decade, a variety of non-physician cadres, such as nurse-midwives, clinical officers, and medical assistants, have contributed to growing evidence of task sharing’s positive contributions to HIV health outcomes in resource-limited settings.

Program Highlights

Clinical Mentoring in Haiti
I-TECH introduced its clinical mentoring program in Haiti in 2006. A team of physicians, nurses, and psychologists provide technical assistance to 20 sites in the MSPP care and services network to help strengthen HIV- and AIDS-related services. During site visits, CHARESS mentors conduct clinical rounds ...
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Nursing Efficiency and Task-Sharing in Tanzania
I-TECH Tanzania led the development of the task-sharing policy guidelines for Health Sector Services approved in 2016 as well as the policy’s operational plan. While task-sharing is a widely known HIV service delivery efficiency strategy, still there is continues gaps between national strategies and actual implementation at the site-level [1,2] ...
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Using Data to Improve Health Service Delivery in Malawi
The Kuunika Project: Data for Action was a four-year program implemented by a consortium of organizations, including the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), that began in 2016 to improve healthcare service delivery through the effective use of data. Consortium activities aimed to improve data systems, data use, ...
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Workforce Development in Haiti
It is critical that health care providers receive the necessary training to empower them to improve patient outcomes CHARESS supports both pre-service and in-service training efforts in Haiti. In particular, CHARESS is a key partner of MSPP in maintaining its national clinical guidelines.  ...
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