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Short Course in Paediatric HIV/Aids - Contact Tuition

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Introduction

Although about 940,000 children were on antiretroviral therapy globally in 2018, there were 160,000 new infections in the same year. Two-thirds of all people living with HIV/AIDS are in Sub-Saharan Africa. 89% of all new infections in children occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. About 90% of the infected infants acquired the HIV virus from their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, delivery, or through breast-feeding (mother-to-child transmission, MTCT). Without treatment one-third of infected children die in their first year of life, half by the age of two, and four-fifths by five years of age.

The treatment of paediatric HIV infection, particularly of infants and young children, remains complex and problematic. This course is intended for professional nurses, clinical associates and allied workers that are interested in expanding their knowledge in paediatric HIV/AIDS care

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Who Should Enrol

Professional Nurses working in TB and HIV/AIDS units, clinical associates, pharmacists and allied workers.

Course Design

The course is offered using participatory methods and building on shared knowledge with the participants. This workshop is facilitated by leading edge faculties in the field.

Study Material

Study material will be handed to you on the first day of the workshop. Additional materials which would assist participants in diagnosing and managing HIV related conditions will also be provided. National guidelines will be distributed whenever they are available.

Course Content

  • Proficient in managing the infant exposed perinatally to HIV.
  • Able to provide recommendations on when to start antiretroviral therapy in the HIV-infected child/adolescent/young persons and demonstrate knowledge of the individual drugs including toxicities and interactions.
  • Able to manage the many opportunistic infections and sexually transmitted infections associated with HIV infection.
  • Knowledgeable about the complexities and challenges of HIV care in adolescents/ young persons including disclosure, adherence, and sexual behaviour, and be able to formulate individual management plans.
  • Prevention from mother to child
  • Integrated Mother to Child Transmission

Certification

To qualify for the certificate of completion for this short course, participants should successfully complete the assessment process