The opening session of the workshop was chaired by Dr. Rosalinda Hernandez Munoz, PAHO/WHO FCH/HIV Advisor whereas the welcome was done by Dr. Karen Cummings, the IMAI Coordinator, from the Ministry of Health (MOH) who not only applauded and thanked the financiers, the moral supporters and stakeholders like PAHO, MOH and Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), but appreciated the efforts made by the Regional Health Officers to put systems in place to facilitate this special IMAI training. She welcomed the participants to a highly innovative, culturally relevant and mutually beneficial workshop.
She encouraged the participants to embraced the integrated approach to chronic care as they strive to prepare, to inform and motivate the health team, community partners and patients and their families about self-monitoring of key symptoms and treatments in addition to when to return for follow –up according to agreed plan. She challenged the healthcare workers to make full use of the training which entailed hard work so that they can apply knowledge learned for to recognize and provide the basic management of Opportunistic Infections and HIV related conditions.
The objectives of the workshop were:-
These objectives were carried out through lecture, breakout sessions, role playing, multimedia materials and question and answer sessions by facilitators from the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) and the Davis’ Memorial Hospital. The current Treatment guideline for Management of HIV-Infected and HIV-Exposed Adults and Children was presented by the National AIDS Program Secretariat (NAPS).
The participants were happy for the training and promised to seek every opportunity to remain on the cutting edge of TB/HIV Co-Management. Their expectations were surpassed and they pledged as a next step to share the information with colleagues, to use the given tools, and to implement and integrate acquired best practices in day to day operations at their health locations in the various Regions.
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