Berbice, Guyana, 05 May 2012 (PAHO/WHO) Improving community based responses to the prevention, management and monitoring of adolescent and adult illnesses including HIV and TB has been the focus of an intensive two day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop conducted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) held from the 4th to the 5th June.
The two objectives achieved from the IMAI TOT workshop were:
1. To refresh the IMAI trainers on the updated IMAI training tools and modules
2. To certify the trainers
The IMAI facilitator and participant manuals and its modules were updated based on the National Guidelines for Management of HIV-Infected and HIV-Exposed Adults and Children, 2010-2011 Revision.
A total of 5 facilitators conducted the IMAI TOT and the five IMAI modules were able to be taught:
1. Acute Care for adolescents and adults
2. Chronic HIV Care, with antiretroviral therapy (ART)
3. General Principles of Good Chronic Care
4. Palliative Care, addressing symptom management and end of life care
5. TB/HIV Co-management
The IMAI which was adapted and updated from WHO generic training tools was utilized for the TOT workshop which was attended by 12 physicians, 1 MEDEX and 4 Nurse Midwives and numerous allied health care workers.
The IMAI forms part of the MOH public health strategy to provide competence based training for primary health care providers.
MOH Region 6 Health Officer Dr. Mahadeo said the collaboration between the MOH and PAHO was timely as greater focus was being placed on integrating services to offer comprehensive and quality care to patients and clients.
“We look forward to empowering participants to build upon the gains of previous training and through their certification, make themselves available to help in the training of other health workers in IMAI in other regions across the country” said Dr Mahadeo.
Family and Community Health (FCH) and HIV Advisor PAHO, Dr. Rosalinda Hernandez said the certification of the IMAI trainers was an important activity to enhance primary health care services to better identify and manage chronic diseases while ensuring good knowledge and skills transfer between all front line health workers.
“The IMAI TOT builds the capacity of primary health care providers to transfer knowledge to their health worker colleagues at the primary and community level to not only provide improved first level care for uncomplicated cases through consultation but importantly on-site management where appropriate.
“In 2006 the MOH embraced and adapted the IMAI public health strategy to better suit the country context in Guyana and to date we have seen marked improvements in the preventative and curative care of patients under this framework” said Dr. Hernandez.
During the closing ceremony certificates were presented to the participants who benefited from the knowledge acquired through the training.
PAHO/WHO expressed its willingness to continue working to provide technical collaboration to the MOH to further strengthen its resources and policy positions through the implementation of integrated guidelines, manuals (IMAI) and other support materials as its works to improve local, regional and national health outcomes.