Knowledge Hub Newswire - Vol.5 No.17 (Winter 2009-2010)

IN THIS ISSUE:


Snapshot

These statistics reflect the Regional Knowledge Hub's activities from its inception in March 2004 through February 2010

  • Knowledge Hub courses held: 226
  • Healthcare professionals trained: 5486
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    • Russia: 2624
    • Ukraine: 2168
    • Uzbekistan: 166
    • Belarus: 137
    • Moldova: 92
    • Kazakhstan: 84
    • Kyrgyzstan: 69
    • Tajikistan: 61
    • Azerbaijan: 56
    • Estonia: 29

Physicians who have earned nationally recognized advanced professional certification in adult/adolescent or pediatric AIDS treatment through the Knowledge Hub:

  • Ukrainian: 294
  • Russian: 50

The Knowledge Hub offers more than 40 courses on a broad range of HIV-related care and treatment topics.

Fourteen new and/or updated courses were developed in 2008-2009 and posted on the Knowledge Hub's web site in 2009-2010. These include:

New Courses:

  • Integrated Approach in Treatment and Management of HIV/TB/Hepatitis Co-Infection in Substance Users
  • Three-Step HIV/AIDS Program for Nurses
  • Case Management: Patients Adherence to ART (for social and medical workers)
  • Integrated Care Model for PLWHA
  • Training-of-Trainers Course: HIV/AIDS for Social Workers
  • Support of Sexual and Reproductive Health in People Living with HIV
  • Organ and System Complications in Patients with HIV-Infection
  • Laboratory Diagnostics of Opportunistic infections and Monitoring of HIV Treatment Quality
  • Viral Hepatitis C and B and HIV: Management Strategies for Co-infected Patients

Updated Courses:

  • Advanced Pediatric ART and Management of Opportunistic Infections
  • PMTCT
  • Advanced Adult ART
  • HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care for Injecting Drug Users
  • Management of HIV and TB Co-Infection

Ten of these courses have been developed with support from the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

 


Knowledge Hub Calendar

The following trainings are scheduled to take place at the Knowledge Hub or affiliated centers
March - May 2010

 

March 29-31, 2010
2nd
Annual Russian Congress on Infectious Diseases, Moscow, Russia

Representatives from AIHA and Regional Knowledge Hub for the Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Eurasia will take part in the Second Annual Russian Congress on Infectious Diseases in Moscow, and will present and disseminate HIV/AIDS courses approved for graduate and postgraduate medical education, and AIHA/KH-developed training courses and supporting materials.

TRAININGS

Russia

March 22-24
Training on HIV/AIDS palliative care for nurses, St. Petersburg

AIHA will conduct a 3-day training on HIV/AIDS palliative care nursing in the framework of the three-step HIV/AIDS educational program for nurses who work with ID-physicians at polyclinics in St. Petersburg. The agenda will focus on general issues of palliative care and specifics of HIV/AIDS palliative care for nurses, pain assessment and pain relief issues, symptom treatment, nutrition, patient and family education, spiritual support, and prevention of burnout syndrome for caregivers. Faculty will include experienced nurses from St. Petersburg and the United States. 

March-May
Educational program on palliative care for severe and terminally ill patients for Sisters-of-Mercy,
St. Petersburg

Twenty-one Sisters-of-Mercy from the faith-based organization "Charitable Fund Dyakoniya" and volunteers from the religious community of St. Petersburg will continue a 520-hour training on medical issues of palliative care at the St. Petersburg Pavlov Medical College. In May, the participants will complete the training programs and receive certificates.

May 19-20
St. Petersburg

AIHA will conduct a two-day advanced training on case management and use of the case management database in the care of PLWH for some 22 social workers and peer educators from St. Petersburg. Faculty will include experts from AIHA and St. Petersburg. 

May 19-21
Advanced training on integrated approach in treatment of HIV/TB/Hepatitis co-infection in substance users,
St. Petersburg

This advanced training will be conducted for multidisciplinary team members who have completed an on-site mentoring program on the treatment and management of HIV/TB/Hepatitis co-infection in substance users, as well as for selected TB and ID specialists and narcologists involved in the provision of care for patients with triple diagnoses. The training will focus on drug resistance and drug interaction issues (HIV/TB, HIV/HEP B and C), ARV side effects, ART regimen changes, and management of opportunistic infections. The training will be conducted by US partners from Elmhurst Hospital and Yale University and leading Russian experts.  

May 24-26
Training on viral hepatitis C and B and HIV: management strategies for co-infected patients,
Orenburg

AIHA will support this new course offering, which was recently developed by AIHA and the Knowledge Hub and adapted by the Orenburg Medical Academy. The training course will be conducted at the Orenburg Medical Academy and focus on selected issues of managing patients with HIV/viral hepatitis B and C, including monitoring treatment efficacy, ART hepatotoxicity, and the prevention and management of side effects. Faculty from the Orenburg Medical Academy and the United States will co-teach the course.

Uzbekistan

March 15-19
ToT course on HIV/AIDS nursing and palliative care,
Tashkent

This 5-day training-of-trainers course will be conducted for 18-20 nurses from four Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) within the framework of the project for the development of the Regional Central Asian Training Center on HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment, and Support for PLWHIV in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The course focuses on building teaching skills in addition to requisite training on HIV/AIDS nursing care, the basics of HIV-infection, challenges in HIV care, improvement of adherence to АRТ, universal precautions in the work place, and post-exposure prophylaxis. Two days of the training will focus on specific issues of HIV/AIDS palliative care in adults and children, pain assessment and relief, symptom treatment, nutrition, patient and family education, spiritual support, and prevention of burnout syndrome for caregivers. Faculty will include experienced nurses from the Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. 

April 26-30
ToT course on advanced adult ART and management of opportunistic infections,
Tashkent

A 5-day training-of-trainers course will be conducted for 18-20 infectious disease physicians and faculty working at the Medical Institutions of Postgraduate Education from four Central Asian countries: (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) within the framework of the project for the development of the Regional Central Asian Training Center on HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment, and Support for PLWHIV in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The course focuses on building teaching skills in addition to training on advanced issues in ART provision and the management of opportunistic infections. Faculty will include international and local experts in HIV/AIDS treatment and care.

 


Knowledge Hub in Review

These events were hosted by the Knowledge Hub or affiliated centers
in December, 2009 - February, 2010

December 2009
ART On-site Mentoring for Infectious Disease Physicians,
St. Petersburg

The last group of infectious disease specialists from three districts of St. Petersburg who were trained by AIHA on initiation of ART and advanced ART in adults attended a 2-day skills strengthening mentoring program at the City AIDS Center. With this training, AIHA completed the three-step HIV/AIDS educational program developed for primary care infectious disease physicians. Representatives from all 18 districts of St. Petersburg were trained through this HIV/AIDS capacity building program.

February 2010
On-site Mentoring for Multidisciplinary Care Teams,
St. Petersburg, Russia

The first team of seven infectious disease physicians and one narcologists from the leading HIV/AIDS treatment and care facilities in St. Petersburg-the City AIDS Center and Botkin Infectious Disease Hospital-completed their on-site clinical program to sharpen their practical skills for the provision of integrated services for PLWH suffering from drug addiction and co-morbidities. The training focused on practical issues related to effective information exchange, early diagnostics of co-morbidities, adherence, case management, and collaboration with NGOs and peer educators.

February 15-17, 2010
HIV/AIDS Learning Resource Center Training for Information Coordinators,
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

In preparation for the opening of the Regional Training Center in Tashkent, teams from Republican AIDS Centers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan attended a 3-day training in Tashkent. Each team included an information coordinator, a specialist on evidence-based medicine, and a representative from a PLWH group. These individuals will work at the HIV/AIDS Resource Centers that will be established at each Republican AIDS Center. This training is being conducted through the Development of the Regional Central Asian Training Center on HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment, and Support for PLWHIV in Tashkent, Uzbekistan Project with support from the Central Asian AIDS Control Project and the World Bank.

 

 

February 22 - March 12, 2010
Clinical Mentoring for Central Asian Physicians and Postgraduate Medical Faculty, St. Petersburg; Kyiv; and Odessa

Seventeen physicians from Central Asia attended a 2-week clinical training at Knowledge Hub-affiliated clinical centers of excellence in, Kyiv, Odessa, and St. Petersburg. The participants, who represent healthcare and medical education institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, were selected by Knowledge Hub clinical experts from Russia and Ukraine. Clinical trainings focused on pediatric and adult ART, various aspects of diagnosis and management of opportunistic infections, and on the role of community-based organizations in caring for PLWH. The training was conducted through the "Development of the Regional Central Asian Training Center on HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment, and Support for PLWHIV in Tashkent, Uzbekistan" Project with support from the Central Asian AIDS Control Project, World Bank, USAID, and AIHA.

For more information on this section please visit
www.aidsknowledgehub.org > What the Knowledge Hub does > Training Courses, or follow the link:
www.aidsknowledgehub.org/view/trainings/all.