The Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH) has rallied its world-class talent and skills to help in the fight against coronavirus. From supporting front-line staff with vital training, to gathering and analysing data; C-TECH has risen to the challenge to help the government provide critical COVID-19 resources to health facilities, including support and expertise to advance health care workers’ ability to prevent, prepare, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has fundamentally disrupted health systems and our team at C-TECH is playing a major role in building up the health workforce, strengthening the capacities of healthcare workers to prevent and respond to this global health emergency,’ said Natalie Irving-Mattocks, C-TECH’s Executive Director. C-TECH has been working extensively with the Government’s Health Ministry for the past 17 years in health systems strengthening and building institutional capacity on HIV Prevention and response.
Among the response actions undertaken by C-TECH, is the delivery of training sessions through virtual means and the upscaling of the HIV Warmline, which offers immediate consultation services to clinicians who require consultation on a wide range of healthcare challenges. C-TECH has also developed a partnership with the Jamaica Network of Seropositives (JN+) to ensure that People Living With HIV (PLHIV) are appropriately informed about accessing HIV Services during the pandemic and are provided with accurate information related to COVID-19 and HIV.
Dr. Nadesha Tugwell-Thompson, Clinical Program Manager remarked that “when the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Jamaica, ECHO sessions were immediately modified to update healthcare workers about the COVID 19 pandemic while still maintaining a focus on HIV, Mental Health and Quality Improvement topics.” In addition to the virtual sessions, trainees can view and download the presentations and other resources on the newly developed web page for the training program.
C-TECH has also taken a step further to deliver Mental Health HIV ECHO sessions on Gender-Based Violence in HIV and COVID-19. Emphasis has also been placed on Quality Improvement (QI) methods to improve and strengthen triaging systems in the healthcare facilities during the pandemic, Adherence strategies for PLHIV during the pandemic and several sessions were delivered on developments in the management of COVID-19.
Caribbean Training and Education Center for Health (C-TECH) is a regional organization based in Jamaica that partners with government, academic and civil society organizations to support strong health systems and a skilled and empowered health care workforce to improve the health of communities within the Caribbean. C-TECH implements innovative projects and programmes on HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes and has now expanded its scope to include chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).