Fast Track Cities on HIV Capacity Building

Fast Track Cities on HIV
Capacity Building

Introduction

The Fast Track Cities Online Course on HIV capacity building is a comprehensive program consisting of a 3-module series titled “It’s Up to Us: Eliminating HIV Stigma in Healthcare Settings.” Through this course, participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills to enhance their understanding and response to HIV-related challenges in healthcare settings.

 

Learning Objectives

  • To provide in-depth knowledge on various aspects of HIV treatment, care, and management.
  • To promote the elimination of HIV stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings.
  • To equip healthcare professionals with the tools and strategies to deliver quality HIV services.
  • To enhance awareness and understanding of key topics related to HIV, including antiretroviral therapy, psychosocial care, and human rights in health settings.

Modules

The course comprises 8 modules, providing comprehensive coverage of critical areas in HIV treatment, care, and stigma elimination. The modules include:

  • Module 1: Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation, Adherence, and Retention in Care
  • Module 2: Management of HIV for Clinicians
  • Module 3a: Diagnosis and Care of Children Living with HIV
  • Module 3c: HIV and Aging
  • Module 3b: Adolescent HIV Care and Treatment
  • Module 4: The Role of the Pharmacist in HIV Treatment and Care
  • Module 5: Psychosocial Care in HIV Treatment and Care
  • Module 6: Eliminating Stigma and Discrimination in Health Settings Delivering HIV Services
  • Module 6a: Human Rights in Health Settings
  • Module 6b: Integrating Stigma Elimination into Daily Clinical Practice
  • Module 6c: Guidance for Health Facility Administrators and Managers on Eliminating Stigma and Discrimination
  • Module 7: Quality Improvement Philosophy and Methods
  • Module 8: HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

 

Course Format and Duration

The course is designed as a series of self-contained modules that you are required to complete in a linear order. Each module can be completed within an estimated time of 30-45 minutes. You are expected to take the pre-exam before accessing the content of each module and then complete the post-exam to assess your knowledge retention.

Who Should Enrol

This course is primarily designed for healthcare professionals involved in HIV treatment, care, and support. It is suitable for clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, and other healthcare providers seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in delivering quality HIV services.

 

Certification

Upon successful completion of all modules, achieving at least a 70% average on the post-exams, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. The certificate validates your commitment to enhancing HIV capacity building and signifies your proficiency in the course content.

 

For registration and more information contact training@ctech-caribbean.org.

 

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Joining Forces to Tackle NCDs!

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH) team of Consultants had a fruitful meeting with Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, on July 14, 2023. Joined by his NCD team at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, we discussed the Caribbean Development Bank funded Caribbean Moves project. This initiative aims to improve the health of the Caribbean region and combat non-communicable diseases. Stay tuned for updates on our collaborative efforts!

A stressful work environment can contribute to several health issues both mentally and physically, these may include headache, insomnia, stomach-aches, anxiety, difficulty concentrating high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. 

It is important then that we take meaningful steps to ensure that we are manging our own personal space to avoid some of these issues. Our assumption, perception and expectation affect how we react to others and life situations and ultimately how we view how jobs. When assumption, expectations and perceptions are not met, we respond through our thought’s feelings and behaviours. It is important to practice positive thinking as our thoughts affects how we feel, and our feelings affects how we behave.

Here are some tips to help you with your work environment:

  • Seek for clarity instead of trying to convince yourself of what others are thinking
  • Refrain from personalisation, not everything mentioned is a direct attack on you
  • Invest in self care
  • Set limits
  • Proper nutrition
  • Connect with people

We often here people expressing how stressed they are feeling or how over worked they are, not having enough time to do the things they like such as spending time with friend and families or even a few self-care activities. We have watch families suffer due to long working hours as well as our jobs due to loss of interest and enthusiasm resulting from burnout. 

When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs.

Here is how you can accomplish work life balance

At work    

  • Set manageable goals each day. 
  • Be efficient with your time at work. 
  • Take five. 
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Give yourself a break. 

         At Home

  • Don’t over commit. 
  • Get support. 
  • Stay active. 
  • Treat your body right. 
  • Get help if you need it. 

Tameca Dempster-Mattocks is an accomplished Associate Counseling Psychologist and Financial Counsellor, holding an M.Sc. Degree in Counselling and Social Work from Mico University College, along with multiple certifications in mental health from the University of Washington.

 

Currently, she holds the positions of Regional Psychologist – NERHA and Mental Health Program Coordinator at the Caribbean Training & Education Center for Health (C-TECH). Tameca has successfully managed regional mental health projects, overseeing and leading impactful initiatives that positively influence the mental well-being of individuals in the region. 

 

With a passion for community service, Tameca actively contributes to various private and charitable organizations, dedicating her time as a volunteer to support community members and at-risk youth.

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