Knowledge Hub Newswire - Vol.7 No.25 (Winter 2011-2012)

IN THIS ISSUE:


Snapshot

These statistics reflect the Regional Knowledge Hub's activities
from its inception in March 2004 through February 2012

  • 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.

In 2011-2012, the following five courses were updated based on recommendations from WHO/EUROPE and the key regional and international KH experts:

The course "Organ and System Complications in Patients with HIV-Infection" is now provided with notes to the slide presentations.


Knowledge Hub Calendar

The following trainings and events are scheduled to take place
at the Knowledge Hub or affiliated centers in March - May 2012

 

Russia

AIHA and the Care and Treatment Knowledge Hub (KH) tentatively plans to translate into Russian language the clinical protocol for the WHO European Region "Management of Tuberculosis and HIV Co-infection," which is currently under revision by WHO.

KH C&T Co-Funded and Collaborative Activities

Kazakhstan

In response to a request from the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of Global Fund project in Kazakhstan, the Republican AIDS Center Ministry of Health, AIHA/KH experts will finalize the national clinical protocol on diagnostics and treatment of HIV/Hepatitis B and C co-infection in children and adolescents for Kazakhstan thanks to funding from AIHA's USAID-supported Strategic Health Partnership Initiative.

In response to a request from the Shymkent Region Center "Mother and Child" and the RC AIDS MoH in Kazakhstan, AIHA/KH will conduct a 5-day advanced training on Pediatric ART for multidisciplinary team specialists from Shymkent Region who provide care and treatment to HIV-infected children. This training, which is scheduled for April 23-27, will be funded by AIHA's USAID-supported Strategic Health Partnership Initiative.

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan 

Through the USAID-funded Strategic Health Partnership Initiative, AIHA will conduct two Training of Trainers workshops on the postgraduate course, "Issues of Specialized Medical Care for Patients with HIV-infection and Sexually Transmitted Diseases" in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from May 16-23. Three of the experts from Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry and Bashkir State Medical University who helped develop the course will visit both of these countries, where the course is currently being adapted and translated to the national languages.


Knowledge Hub in Review

These events were hosted by the Knowledge Hub or affiliated centers, or attended by staff,
in December 2011 - February 2012

AIHA/KH finalized Russian translations of four clinical protocols on HIV/AIDS treatment and care in the WHO European Region recently revised by WHO, including "Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care".

Three of these translated protocols are currently available at the WHO site: 

  • Patient Evaluation and Antiretroviral Treatment for Adults and Adolescents (2012 revision)
  • Management of Hepatitis B and HIV Co-infection (2011 revision)
  • Prevention of HIV transmission from HIV-infected mothers to their infants: Optimizing clinical management and effective interventions towards eliminating new paediatric HIV infections (2012 revision)

http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hivaids/publications/2012/hivaids-treatment-and-care.-clinical-protocols-for-the-who-european-region.-2012-revisions/2012-revisions

AIHA/KH experts updated five selected HIV/AIDS courses previously developed by AIHA/KH experts based on recommendations from WHO/EUROPE and the key regional and international KH experts and Russian stakeholders. These courses include:

  • Advanced ART in Adults and Adolescents;
  • Advanced pediatric ART and management of opportunistic infections (3-day course)
  • Advanced pediatric ART and management of opportunistic infections for multidisciplinary teams (5-day course)
  • Tuberculosis and HIV: Management Strategies for Co-infected Patients; and 
  • Viral Hepatitis C and B and HIV: Management Strategies for Co-infected Patients.

These courses are now available at the KH Web site. The newly updated PMTCT course will be available in March 2012. 

AIHA/KH experts who developed the course "Organ and System Complications in Patients with HIV-infection" provided notes to the slide presentations. The powerpoint course with slide descriptions is available at the KH Web site.

KH Co-Funded and Collaborative Activities

RUSSIA

Medical webinars

Seven Medinars - medical webinars - for healthcare specialists in Russia and the CIS were conducted by AIHA/KH Russian and international experts in December 2011- February 2012 with support from AIHA's USAID-funded Strategic Health Partnership Initiative. These are available through the Web sites:

All other Medinars conducted in 2011 are available at: 
http://www.eurasiahealth.org/health/resources/100244/

In February, AIHA in cooperation with MSD Pharmaceuticals and ViiV Healthcare translated "HIV Medicine 2011" by J. K. Rockstroh and C. Hoffmann. This comprehensive book is recommended for practicing healthcare workers from various specialties and for instructors at medical institutions of higher learning and advanced training faculties, as well as for all those providing health care to people living with HIV/AIDS. It is available online at
http://www.eurasiahealth.org/eng/health/resources/82169/.

Kazakhstan

In December, AIHA/KH experts responded to a request from the RC AIDS MoH, the PIU of the Global Fund project in Kazakhstan, by providing a comprehensive review of the national clinical protocol on diagnostics and treatment of HIV/Hepatitis B and C co-infection in children and adolescents for Kazakhstan. This effort was funded by AIHA's USAID-supported Strategic Health Partnership Initiative. 

Turkmenistan

Through a new initiative titled "Capacity Building of HIV Medical Specialists in Turkmenistan," an AIHA/KH expert from the Russian National AIDS Center in Moscow developed national HIV/AIDS clinical, diagnostic, and treatment guidelines on  ART for adults and adolescents based on WHO's revised recommendations. This AIHA/KH initiative was launched at the request of the UNFPA and WHO offices in Turkmenistan.