Save the Date: “Mental Health and HIV Care: Normalizing the Conversation” Webinar

APIN Public Health Initiatives, in collaboration with IAS – the International AIDS Society – will host a series of webinars, titled “Mental health and HIV care: Normalizing the conversation”, from 29 to 31 May, 2023 and from 1 to 2 June, 2023. This follows the successful IAS-APIN Symposium for West & Central Africa held in June 2022 with the theme, Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic and its application to the HIV response in West and Central Africa.

The need for strong mental health support systems in the face of pandemics and other public health emergencies is clearer now than ever before. This activity aims to strengthen the competencies of healthcare workers (especially those working in primary and secondary health facilities and in communities) to provide mental health and psychosocial support to people living with HIV and all recipients of care in all relevant circumstances, including emergency contexts.

What will be discussed?

Subject matter experts will shed light on topics that include an overview of mental health, the Mental Health Gap Action Programme, acute stress disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use and abuse, and the mental health of special populations. See agenda here.

How to Participate

The webinar will be delivered in two batches as seen below. Interested participants should identify the batch that is best suited to them and register for JUST ONE BATCH.

Attendance is free but participants must register to attend.

Batch 1: Monday-Wednesday, 29-31 May, 2023 | 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM West Africa Time (WAT) daily.

Target audience / Intended Participants: Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Psychologists, People Living with HIV (PLHIV) community.

Participants log-on, introductions and pre-tests will be held from 2:30-3:00pm on Day 1.

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Batch 2: Thursday-Friday, 01-02 June, 2023 | 9:45 AM – 12:00 noon (on June 02 only) and 2:30 – 5:00 PM WAT daily.

Target audience: Adherence Counsellors, Community-based organization Staff, Key Population One Stop Shop (KP OSS) Staff, Mentor Mothers, Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs), Medical & Social Welfare Staff, other Allied Health Professionals and PLHIV community.

Participants log-on, introductions and pre-tests will be held from 2:30 PM-3:00 PM on Day 1. Sessions will take place at 9:45 AM – noon and 2:30 -5:00 pm WAT on Day 2.

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  1. Jibril Abdulmalik, Associate Professor and Consultant Psychiatrist (College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and UCH, Ibadan, Oyo State)
  2. Olanrewaju Ibigbami, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist (Obafemi Awolowo University and OAUTHC, Ile-Ife, Osun State)

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