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A free online course in HIV/PMTCT/TB.

Project Description

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This free e-Learning course has been developed and produced jointly by SAMU and MSF Canada

Introduction to the course

Whilst this e-learning course may be of benefit to a variety of different people with an interest in furthering their knowledge of HIV and TB the primary target group for whom this training is designed is the clinician (doctor, clinical officer, medical assistant, nurse) planning to consult in primary care HIV/TB clinics. The aim of this module is to provide a foundation of essential knowledge in HIV and TB.

As the course offers no hands-on exposure to actual patients it must be understood that, on completion, the participant is unlikely to be equipped immediately to consult independently in an HIV/TB clinic. The ideal learning process to accompany this course, though not always achievable, is to have facilitated discussions with clinicians with HIV/TB consulting experience while doing the e-learning course and then to have some form of supervision for the first month or so of actual consulting in a clinic.

Please note that we continue to develop this e-learning course as we try and optimise the meeting of the needs of our target group. The information that you give us in the feedback documents at the end of each module will be carefully studied and will contribute to achieving this. To register, send an e-mail request to SAMU.eLearning@joburg.msf.org that includes some information about where you are working, and your job title. You will then receive an e-mail containing a link, username, and password that allows access to this online course.

Course overview

The course consists of four different interactive learning modules, detailed below. At the end of each one the participant completes a quiz and a feedback form, the successful completion of which results in the issuing of a certificate. It is estimated that it will take 26-32 hours to complete all the modules, including quizzes and evaluations Please note that at present we are nearing the end of a significant upgrade of the course which we aim to have completed by the end of June 2016. At this stage therefore the quizzes and the evaluations are not yet available thus making it not possible for the issuing of certificates. This will be available on completion of the upgrade as noted above.

Course agenda

Module 1 – HIV overview

  • Orientation
  • HIV history and epidemiology
  • HIV natural evolution

Module 2 – ART module

  • Introduction to ART
  • Eligibility and choosing 1 st line regimen
  • Monitoring the patient on ART – parts 1 and 2
  • Introduction to ART side-effects
  • Common side-effects
  • ART drug interactions

Module 3 – PMTCT

  • Prevention of mother to child transmission
  • HIV counselling and testing in PMTCT
  • Providing ARVs to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
  •  Care of the exposed baby

Module 4 -TB

  •  TB overview
  •  TB the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in people living with HIV (PLHIV)
  •  Diagnosing TB in PLHIV
  •  Improving TB diagnosis in your setting
  •  Reducing the burden of TB in PLHIV
  •  TB treatment
  •  Treatment challenges and monitoring treatment
  •  Diagnosis of DR TB
  •  MDR TB treatment challenges and monitoring
  •  Preventing TB infection and development of active T
  •  TB in children

Project Details

  • Date September 1, 2015
  • Tags ARV, HIV, PMTCT, TB

Responses (18)

  1. Jennifer Mohale
    September 7, 2015 at 7:00 am · Reply

    I am young woman passionate about community health and their needs.I am studying Oceanography at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and I am also volunteering in communities caring for children and adults for centres such as Cape Mental Health and Nazareth house. My interest is educating and seeing people educating their communities about health issues whether young or old. In the 2 years time I would like to see myself running an NGO of my own with young and old people volunteering and woking for their communities, I have been doing online courses for civil leadership offered by Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) .Lastly, I have started becoming a donor for MSF (Doctors Without Borders Southern Africa) which I see it as a good initiative/organisation for a person like me to be involved. I think I need more knowledge about the challenges of what communities are facing because that is where my passion is at so I will be grateful if I were to be given a chance to do the online course to bring change and encouragements in issues like HIV, TB, Ebola, Cancer in respective communities. Thank you.

    • Peter
      September 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm · Reply

      Hi, Jennifer.
      I will forward your request to participate in this online course.
      You will receive an e-mail soon from samu.elearning@joburg.msf.org
      Peter
      Medical Editor
      SAMU website

  2. Sekossounon SANNI
    October 2, 2015 at 11:20 am · Reply

    Hello,
    Please I also want to attend this online course. Thank you!

    • Peter
      October 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm · Reply

      Hi, Sekossounon.
      Please send an e-mail request to SAMU.eLearning@joburg.msf.org, which includes some brief information about where you are working, and your job title.
      I will then ensure that you receive an e-mail containing a link, username, and password that allows access to this online course.
      Best wishes,
      Peter

  3. Julia Noble
    October 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm · Reply

    I’m a Clinical Quality Control Officer, working at SATVI (South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative), Worcester Project Office.

  4. Tsholofelo Pitso
    October 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm · Reply

    Good day I am currently working at the university of cape town under the lung institute and I am a study co-ordinate/research nurse and I would like to do the online course. Thank you!

  5. Mis N P Rini
    October 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm · Reply

    Im a Research Nurse,working at GSH Lung Infection and Immunity Unit intrested in doing the course.

  6. Ragmat Saul
    October 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm · Reply

    Good day I am currently working at the university of cape town under the lung institute as a research nurse and I would like to do the online course. Thank you!

  7. Eleanor Pretorius
    October 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm · Reply

    Hi I,m a clinical research nurse working at uct lung institute and I am very intrested in doing the online hiv and tb course.

  8. Hippolyte MBOMA
    November 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm · Reply

    Salut SAMU, je veux suivre le curs VIH/PTME cer nous souhaitons mettre en place les activités VIH sur notre projet.

    Je précise que suis basique en anglais donc mieux vaut m’envoyer le cours en Francais.

    Je suis le responsable médical terrain

    Dr Hippolyte Mboma

  9. Lebogang Montewa
    November 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm · Reply

    I am a programme manager supporting collaborations between health facilities and the community. I am interested to expand my knowledge and capacity through this course

  10. Henry
    January 11, 2016 at 9:18 am · Reply

    Hi . counselor as a after hours job (play therapy) . like to broaden the my field . Helping and spread the news of hope and help people

    • Peter
      January 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm · Reply

      Hi, Henry.
      Thank you for your interest in our online course.
      Please send an e-mail request to SAMU.eLearning@joburg.msf.org, which includes some brief information about where you are working, and your job title.
      I will then ensure that you receive an e-mail containing a link, username, and password that allows access to this online course.
      Best wishes,
      Peter
      Medical Editor
      SAMU website

  11. Simayedwa Moyo
    January 12, 2016 at 2:31 am · Reply

    Hi. I am currently a mental health nurse based in the United Kingdom. However, I have recently graduated in Humanitarian and Conflict Response. I would therefore like to broaden my understanding of HIV/TB through your online course, as I am hoping to work in that area. I appreciate it if you could enroll me for it.
    Many thanks
    S. Moyo

  12. Johnny Ewango
    January 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm · Reply

    I am a medical doctor.
    Does samu deliver a qualification after completing the hiv/tb course?

    • Peter
      January 16, 2016 at 6:04 am · Reply

      A Certificate of Completion is available after a participant completes each of the 4 units, i.e. it is possible to receive 4 different certificates.

    • robyn
      February 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm · Reply
  13. Johnny Ewango
    June 20, 2016 at 8:51 am · Reply

    Hi, is the hiv/TB course manual available at the book shops?

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