Training in Prevention, and Treatment of Disease

C-TECH has an established partnership with the National HIV/STI/Tb Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) to develop and deliver a wide range of capacity development activities. Specifically, to accredit clinicians in the management of HIV and to offer an on-line course in the Clinical Management of HIV from the University of Washington (UW) Global Health E-learning Program (eDGH) program. The training is delivered using a blended approach by the C-TECH team. Successful participants are awarded merit certificates and are duly accredited in HIV management.

Additionally, we are working together to adapt and commission into service a Learning Management System (LMS) that will allow for synchronous and asynchronous learning targeting Healthcare Workers (HCWs) at all the treatment sites. It will allow for the implementation of online courses such as the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care Fast Track HIV clinical training course. A variety of courses on HIV/STI management, quality improvement, mental health and substance use disorder will also be hosted on the LMS.

Our collaboration with the National HIV/STI/Tb Unit has extended to include stakeholders such as the Jamaica Network of Seropositives (JN+) in hosting a series of bi-monthly virtual information sessions related to COVID-19 and HIV, targeting people infected or affected by HIV, and caregivers. These sessions began in April 2020 and are mainly marketed to PLHIV, care and support teams across HIV treatment sites in Jamaica, and to the JN+ network. The purpose of this collaboration is to ensure that PLHIV are appropriately informed about accessing HIV Services during the pandemic and to provide PLHIV with accurate information related to COVID-19 and HIV through presentations and discussions. Additionally, participants are provided with useful and practical resources to improve their access to care and ultimately their quality of life

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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