Training and Human Resource Capacity Building
Building sustainability through human resource capacity is a crucial element of our program. The foundation for our efforts in this area are comprehensive training programs for physicians, nurses, laboratory personnel, pharmacists, counselors, community health workers, data management personnel and others who work with HIV patients. In order to build networks among our sites and promote shared learning, we bring together investigators from both new and existing sites during our biannual ART training courses. Clinical personnel at our sites are provided with training in the provision of ART services according to the national training curriculum.
As a part of scale-up with our PMTCT activities, personnel at new and existing sites are trained on the National PMTCT Training Curriculum. Trainings in these areas include centralized didactic training workshops, which are taught and facilitated by international experts. We also provide on-site hands-on training for clinicians through site visits from our collaborators at HSPH and Northwestern University. Our clinical officers also make periodic visits to clinical sites in order to provide follow up training and clinical updates. Training of laboratory personnel is also an essential element of capacity building and support at our clinical sites. Through our collaboration with HSPH, these personnel are trained in laboratory testing practices and procedures in order to provide additional sustainability to sites providing high quality HCT and ART treatment. Laboratory training occurs on-site as well as through the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research, Yaba-Lagos and the University College Hospital, Ibadan, which maintain laboratory training facilities.
APIN’s training efforts in Nigeria are also supported by our partnerships with HSPH and Northwestern University. Professors Max Essex and Phyllis Kanki are co-principal investigators of the 17 year-old NIH Fogarty AIDS Training International Research Program (ATIRP) grant to HSPH. Funding for three Nigerian physicians at the HSPH has been supported by this training grant. Professor Rob Murphy has also recently received an NIH Fogarty ATIRP grant to support Nigerian PEPFAR investigators in clinical ART training