Baltic AIDS Training and Education Center (ATEC), Saint Petersburg

The mission of the Baltic AIDS Training and Education Center (ATEC) - St. Petersburg is to improve institutional and human resource capacity to support the ongoing scale-up of high quality HIV/AIDS care and treatment services in the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The Baltic ATEC - St. Petersburg was established in 2008 by the St. Petersburg City AIDS Center, Pavlov State Medical University, the Republican Infectious Disease Hospital at Ust-Izhora, the American International Health Alliance (AIHA), and other strategic partners.

Baltic ATEC receives funding and/or support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Technical Cooperation), the German BACKUP Initiative, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Global Fund national principal recipients, and other international donor organizations.

The Baltic ATEC - St. Petersburg offers more than 35 evidence-based training courses designed to strengthen the capacity of health and allied professionals who provide care for PLWH. Lectures and interactive coursework are complemented by hands-on clinical training at treatment facilities. Ongoing training, mentoring, and technical assistance plays a critical role in the successful acquisition of clinical skills.

The Baltic ATEC carries out its mission by:

  • Developing expertise among health and allied professionals;
  • Building local training capacity; and
  • Amassing a body of evidence-based information resources on HIV/AIDS treatment and care.

The St. Petersburg AIDS Center serves as the administrative base of the Baltic ATEC, leading a core group of strategic partners that are all centers of clinical excellence. Strategic partner institutions serve as training sites for specific topical areas.

The Baltic ATEC - St. Petersburg is a key training affiliate of the Regional Knowledge Hub for the Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Eurasia — a WHO capacity-building project managed by AIHA and supported by GTZ’s German BACKUP Initiative. Through its affiliation with the Regional Knowledge Hub, the Baltic ATEC - St. Petersburg and its strategic partners are playing a pivotal role in providing HIV/AIDS training to health and allied professionals in Central Asia and elsewhere in the CIS.

Several courses offered by the Baltic ATEC - St. Petersburg — including a new continuing education course titled “HIV Medicine” that features 20 modules covering all aspects of HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support — qualify as certified continuing education credits for health professionals through the Pavlov State Medical University.

The Baltic ATEC - St. Petersburg’s activities and expanded scope build on the foundation of the St. Petersburg AIDS Education and Training Center, which was established by AIHA, the St. Petersburg City AIDS Center, and other key HIV/AIDS-related institutions in St. Petersburg in 2006. ATEC St. Petersburg supported the Bratislava Initiatives, a series of Russian-American presidential agreements designed to jointly develop capacity strengthening resources related to the global AIDS crisis.

Baltic ATEC courses teach a client-centered approach to HIV/AIDS medicine, with a particular focus on building strong multidisciplinary care teams. The importance of ongoing case management is stressed to better ensure patient access to a continuum of medical, behavioral, and socio-economic support services. The end result is improved patient adherence, retention, and clinical outcomes.

Contact information: 

St. Petersburg AIDS Center

N. A. Belyakov, Professor, Academician,
Head, City AIDS Center
Aza G. Rakhmanova
Chief ID Specialist, City Health Committee
Deputy Director, City AIDS Center
Professor, Pavlov State Medical University
Obvodny Channel 179
190103 St. Petersburg, Russia
Phone: +7 (812) 251-0853, 786-3555
Fax: +7 (812) 495-9972
E-mail :

Baltic Medical Education Center

Vadim V. Rassokhin
Director, Baltic Medical Educational Center
Deputy Director, City AIDS Center
Obvodny Channel 179
190103 St. Petersburg, Russia
Phone: +7 (812) 495-9267, 786-3555
Fax: +7 (812) 495-9972