Master training on HIV treatment and care

In July 2017, WHO issued new guidelines and updates on the management of advanced HIV infection, HIV drug resistance and transitioning to new antiretroviral drugs. To establish a pool of clinical consultants and update them with the latest WHO recommendations, WHO/Europe organized a master training for 23 practicing HIV clinicians from 14 HIV priority countries in the Region. The training took place on 28–30 August in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The objective of the training was to equip participants with the information and tools to facilitate knowledge transfer to national colleagues on HIV treatment and care issues. Participants were coached on methods to review national HIV treatment and care guidelines, policies and practices.

The training faculty was composed of experts from WHO headquarters and WHO/Europe, as well as external faculty clinicians from Denmark (Centre of Excellence for Health, Immunity and Infections; and Department of Infectious Disease, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen) and Spain (Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid).

The training included case studies and interactive learning elements such as group work and discussions, and covered the following content:

  • novel aspects of antiretroviral treatment and optimization of regimens
  • monitoring of HIV treatment outcomes
  • HIV prevention benefits of antiretroviral therapy
  • HIV drug resistance
  • HIV coinfections (tuberculosis and hepatitis)
  • HIV treatment and care service delivery issues.

Anonymous evaluation feedback showed that the participants highly valued the training.

WHO/Europe will continue working with the national health authorities and trained experts to scale up quality HIV treatment in the Region.