Knowledge Hub Newswire - Vol.6 No.24 (Fall 2011)

IN THIS ISSUE:


Snapshot

These statistics reflect the Regional Knowledge Hub's activities
from its inception in March 2004 through November 2011

  • Knowledge Hub courses held: 258
  • Healthcare professionals trained: 6259
    • Russia: 2824
    • Ukraine: 2169
    • Uzbekistan: 449
    • Belarus: 220
    • Kazakhstan: 128
    • Moldova: 143
    • Tajikistan: 109
    • Kyrgyzstan: 107
    • Azerbaijan: 57
    • Estonia: 29
    • Turkmenistan: 24

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

  • Ukraine: 294 physicians
  • Russia: 66 physicians and 22 nurses

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

  • 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
  • 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 and events are scheduled to take place
at the Knowledge Hub or affiliated centers in December 2011 - February 2012

Russia

December 2011 - February 2012

AIHA/KH C&T will finalize translation of four clinical protocols on HIV/AIDS treatment and care in the WHO European Region that were recently revised by WHO into Russian language. These include "Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care."

AIHA/KH C&T experts will update the following five HIV/AIDS courses developed by the AIHA/KH based on recommendations from WHO/EUROPE and key regional and international KH experts and Russian stakeholders:

  • Advanced ART in Adults and Adolescents
  • Advanced Pediatric ART and Management of Opportunistic Infections
  • PMTCT
  • Tuberculosis and HIV: Management Strategies for Co-infected Patients
  • Viral Hepatitis C and B and HIV: Management Strategies for Co-infected Patients

These courses will be available in February 2012 at the AIHA/KH C&T Web site and on CDs.

AIHA/KH C&T experts will develop notes to the slides for the course "Organ and System Complications in Patients with HIV-infection" which is currently available in PPP format. The course with slide descriptions will be available in February 2012 on the AIHA/KH C&T Web site.

Turkmenistan

Through a new initiative titled "Capacity Building of HIV Medical Specialists in Turkmenistan," which was launched in response to a request from UNFPA and WHO offices in country, AIHA/KH C&T experts will assist with the development of national HIV/AIDS clinical, diagnostic, and treatment guidelines on  ART for adults and adolescents in accordance with WHO's revised recommendations.

Kazakhstan

In response to a request from the Project implementation unit (PIU) of Global Fund project in Kazakhstan, Republican AIDS Center, Ministry of Health, an AIHA/KH C&T expert will provide a comprehensive review of the national clinical protocol on diagnosis and treatment of HIV/Hepatitis B and C co-infection in children and adolescents for Kazakhstan. This effort is made possible thanks to funding from AIHA's USAID-supported Strategic Health Partnership Initiative.


Knowledge Hub in Review

These events were hosted by the Knowledge Hub or affiliated centers, or attended by staff,
in September-November 2011

September-November

AIHA/KH C&T initiated translation of the following three clinical protocols on HIV/AIDS treatment and care in the WHO European Region recently revised by WHO into Russian language:

  • Patient Evaluation and Antiretroviral Treatment for Adults and Adolescents
  • Management of Hepatitis B and HIV Co-infection
  • Prevention of HIV Transmission from HIV-infected Mothers to Their Infants

October 26-30
42nd Union World Conference on Lung Health, Lille, France

Two AIHA/KH C&T representatives took part in the 42nd Union World Conference on Lung Health in Lille, France. New evidence-based data and scientific results received from the conference will be reflected in updated versions of AIHA/KH courses, training materials, and other products. 

Medical Webinars

Six Medinars - medical webinars - for healthcare specialists in Russia and the CIS were conducted by Russian and international experts from AIHA/KH C&T in September-November with support from AIHA's USAID-funded Strategic Health Partnership Initiative. These are available online as detailed below:

All other Medinars conducted in spring and summer 2011 are available through the Web site: 
http://www.eurasiahealth.org/health/resources/100244/.

Russia

October 10-12
The International MDG-6 Forum, Moscow

AIHA representatives took part in the International MDG-6 Forum, participating in a number of events, debates, and discussions. AIHA presented key program results at the Strategic Health Partnership Initiative session.  At the exhibition, AIHA organized a number of activities, including the presentation of AIHA programs to the high-level US delegation that included Ambassador E. Goosby, US Global AIDS Coordinator and USAID/Russia representatives. AIHA also distributed HIV/AIDS and TB products developed by AIHA/KH C&T, along with major translated materials, CDs, and other educational tools.


October 18-20
Training-of-Trainers on New HIV and TB Educational Courses for Russian and CIS Faculty, Suzdal

With financial support from USAID through the Strategic Health Partnership Initiative, AIHA conducted a ToT on new HIV and TB courses for postgraduate and undergraduate education developed with leading Russian medical universities in 2011. AIHA also conducted a session and on innovative educational methodologies for 38 heads of the infectious diseases and pulmonology departments of most medical schools of Russia and the CIS. The following three courses were presented:

  • "Issues of Specialized Medical Care for Patients with HIV-infection and Sexually Transmitted Diseases," a postgraduate course developed with Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry and Bashkir State Medical University;
  • "Issues of Specialized Medical Care for HIV/TB Co-infection," a postgraduate distance learning course developed with the St. Petersburg Medical Academy of Post Graduate Studies; and
  • "TB Epidemiology and Prevention," an undergraduate course developed by the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.


October 20-22
Russian Scientific Practical Conference "Improvement of Medical Care for TB Patients,"
St. Petersburg, Russia

AIHA's Executive Director and representatives from AIHA/KH C&T took part in this conference, which provided new evidence-based data and scientific results that will be reflected in updated versions of AIHA/KH courses, training materials, and other products.

November 21-25  
Training on Advanced ART for Uzbek Specialists, St. Petersburg

In response to a request from the UNDP/GF Project "Continuing scale up of the response to HIV in Uzbekistan, with particular focus on most at risk population," AIHA/KH C&T conducted a five-day training on advanced ART and management of opportunistic infections for 20 infectious disease physicians and pediatricians from Uzbekistan in St. Petersburg, Russia. The training took place at the in-patient and out-patient facilities of the St. Petersburg City AIDS Center and was led by experienced   specialists from the AIDS Center.

Belarus

November 21-24
Training on Advanced Adult ART and Adherence to Treatment for Multidisciplinary Teams, Minsk

This 3.5-day training was conducted by AIHA/KH C&T with support from the EU-BLR WHO Country Office. Using a multidisciplinary approach, experienced faculty from St. Petersburg and Minsk taught 31 physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers from Belarus advanced adult ART and management of opportunistic infections with the goal of improving provision of comprehensive care and treatment to PLHIV, as well as increasing adherence to treatment.

Moldova

September 12-16
Training on Integrated Medical HIV Case Management for Multidisciplinary Team, Chisinau

In response to a request from Center PAS in Moldova, AIHA conducted a 5-day training titled "Integrated Medical HIV Case Management" for multidisciplinary teams consisting of coordinators of services who provide care and treatment to PLHIV in Moldova. The faculty team of Russian and Ukrainian experts in HIV/AIDS and substance abuse treatment shared international best practices in the field of integrated medical HIV case management with 25 participants, who were also trained in mechanisms of coordination and integration of services and developing possible algorithms for building the system of comprehensive care and treatment to PLHIV in Moldova.

Turkmenistan

November 21-24
Workshop on Development of National HIV/AIDS Guidelines for Turkmenistan, Ashgabat

AIHA/KH C&T launched a new initiative - Capacity Building of HIV Medical Specialists in Turkmenistan - in response to a request from the UNFPA and WHO offices in country. This meeting brought together the national working group with Russian HIV/AIDS expert from the Federal AIDS Center in Moscow, who are currently assisting with the development of national HIV/AIDS clinical, diagnostic, and treatment guidelines based on  WHO's revised recommendations on ART for adults and adolescents. At the same time, 24 Turkmen specialists: ID physicians, epidemiologist, TB-specialists, laboratory specialists, gynecologists and faculty from the State Medical University were trained in diagnostic, treatment and management of HIV-infection.