ATEC-St. Petersburg Launches ART Training, Faculty Development Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 30, 2007

Contacts:

Jurkevich, Inna
Program Officer
AIHA/Washington, DC
Tel. 202.789.1136
ijurkevich@aiha.com

Kubataev, Arsen
Regional Director
AIHA Russia
Tel. (7-495) 250-3072
a.kubataev@aiha.ru

Cascading Project Funded by the Russian Healthcare Foundation and USAID Is Helping Build Critical Capacity to Provide Care and Treatment to PLWHA in Russia

WASHINGTON, DC, March 30, 2007A joint initiative of the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) and St. Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies (MAPS) that is being implemented through the AIDS Training and Education Center (ATEC) in St. Petersburg is helping strengthen the capacity of schools of postgraduate education to provide training in HIV/AIDS care and treatment to health professionals across the Russian Federation.

Funded by the Russian Healthcare Foundationthe implementing agency of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's Round Four grants in the Russian Federation-and by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this project is designed to integrate HIV/AIDS curricula into graduate and postgraduate education programs in target regions throughout the Russian Federation within the framework of Global Fund's Program on Promoting a Strategic Response to HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care for Vulnerable Populations in the Russian Federation. Trained health professionals are critical to meeting Global Fund objectives for the scale-up of treatment in Russia.

The first phase of this cascading projectwhich began in November 2006focuses on preparing faculty from regional schools of medical education to deliver a basic course in HIV/AIDS care, including initiation and management of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for adults. Key communication, adult learning, and interactive teaching skills also play an important role in the faculty development workshops.

ATEC has already trained 40 faculty members from schools in Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Perm, Ufa, and Ulyanovsk who are directly involved in HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Similar courses will be held in Barnaul, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Rostov, Saratov, and Volgograd during the coming months.

Working side-by-side with the new trainers, ATEC faculty have initiated the second phase of the project by training 165 infectious diseases specialists and other healthcare professionals working in the target regions.

Investing in strengthening the health professions education system at both the national and regional levels will help ensure ongoing, sustainable capacity to provide high-quality care to people living HIV or AIDS in the Russian Federation.

ATEC-Saint Petersburg is a collaborative project of AIHA, MAPS, the St. Petersburg AIDS Center, and the Ust Izhora Clinical Center for Children and Women. With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ATEC-St. Petersburg is helping strengthen the organizational and human resource capacity necessary to provide high-quality care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Russian Federation by developing expertise among healthcare professionals, cultivating and supporting training capacity to facilitate effective transfer of knowledge and skills to others, and amassing a body of evidence-based resources and informational materials on HIV/AIDS treatment and care of HIV/AIDS.

Created in 1992 by a consortium of major healthcare provider associations andprofessionalmedical education organizations, AIHA establishes and manages programs and twinning partnerships between health-related institutions in the United States and their counterparts in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and the Caribbean. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), funded by the American people, provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to provide a better future for all.