In previous years, SEARCH has coordinated didactic and hands-on HIV/AIDS training with health care personnel from South East Asia. The objectives of the training session are to provide intensive training in HIV/AIDS related topic such as HIV/AIDS management, Antiretroviral (ARV) Therapy, opportunistic infections and HIV/AIDS clinical diagnostic skill and treatment approaches.
The first training course was conducted for 6 physicians from India and Indonesia in 2007. The following session in 2008 included 4 physicians from Vietnam. For the third session, SEARCH, in collaboration with the Lala Ram Sarup (LRS) Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, provided regional HIV/AIDS training to Indian physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians and peer educators. The program was structed as 2-week didactic session in India and 2-week of site visits in Bangkok in 2008. In 2009, SEARCH has provided intensive training in HIV/AIDS to Laotian trainees who were selected from HIV care teams working at the Antiretroviral Therapy Centres (HIV Clinics) of two prominent hospitals, Luangprabang Provincial Hospital and Champasack Hospital. Additionally as part of the training program in 2009, SEARCH, in association with our partner in Vietnam, has hosted HIV/AIDS forum, focusing on the four areas of: opportunistic infection, methadone for injection drug users, HIV drug resistance and central and peripheral nervous system complications of HIV/AIDS. There were 180 participants, attending the forum. The participants were from well-known universities and medical and research units in Ho Chi Minh City, including, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, the Pham Ngoc Thach National TB hospital, Pham Ngoc Thach University and the Havard AIDS Initiative in Vietnam.
In 2011, the training scheme has changed to focus more in psychosocial matters. SEARCH has conducted Intensive Course called the “Psychosocial Training to Enhance Treatment Success for Children and Adolescents” for physicians, nurses and mental health workers who work closely with children and adolescents with HIV.
The goals of the Psychosocial training course are:
To understand the concept of holistic Pediatric HIV care, treatment and psychosocial support for children and adolescents living with HIV and to recognize its importance in achieving successful antiretroviral treatment.
To increase understanding of the psychological development of children and adolescents, including the effects of HIV/AIDS and its treatment on their lives.
To increase skills to enable effective communication with children and adolescents and develop techniques to support psychological resilience and to promote treatment adherence.
To increase the understanding and skills of providing psychosocial support to children and adolescents living with HIV and to develop psychosocial support plans for children and adolescent living with HIV.
To provide an opportunity for trainees to discuss pediatric and adolescent psychosocial matters within the South East Asian nations.
To accomplish these goals, the course features expert speakers from various well-known institutions, universities as well as international organizations, on a range of HIV/AIDS topics. The method of instruction includes a combination of lectures, case discussions, clinical experiences and field trips.