Recent Events: Training on Case Management for People Living with HIV, St. Petersburg (May-June 2010)

This training was conducted on May 31 through June 4, 2010, for 26 participants from Moldova, including representatives from ministries of health and social defense, faculty of the Moldova Medical University, and social and infectious diseases specialists. Leaders and coordinators from NGOs working with people living with HIV also attended the event, which was co-taught by a team of Russian faculty from Orenburg and St. Petersburg. Training sessions focused on strengthening the knowledge and practical skills of practitioners and NGO coordinators on key medical, psychological, and social issues in managing HIV-infected people. Topics included key components of the case management process, case coordination, and strengthening collaboration between relevant healthcare and social care facilities and NGOs. Engaging and maintaining clients in the case management process, developing service plans, and tools for effective case management and assessment were also covered, as was a strength-based approach to improving adherence to ART. Participants also learned about key features of managing substance users, prevention of burn-out among caregivers, and elements of end-of-life palliative care and communication with patients and their families.