• Course information

    Place of training
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Target group
    Heads of Mission, Medical Coordinators, Field Coordinators, Field Medical Referent
    Number of participants
    25 maximum
    2 weeks

    All applications should be sent to your pool manager/L&D unit before 20th December 2019. For more info, contact the SAMU Learning Unit administrator: cindy.cordingley-wiid@joburg.msf.org

    16 - 28 February 2020
  • Background

    Successful coordination, integration and implementation of HIV/TB programs requires a good understanding of HIV epidemiology, HIV response priorities in a specific context, policies, strategies and tools. Appropriate program evaluation and strategic planning of HIV/TB programming is needed to identify operational priorities and identify areas for advocacy and innovation. MSF and MoH HIV/TB program coordinators face a wide range of challenges due to rapidly changing contexts, updating of medical protocols and the advent of new diagnostic tools.

    The HIV Programmatic training aims to strengthen planning, coordination and management capacity for program managers in settings where HIV/TB services are integrated and in vertical HIV/TB programs. This training offers a set of core modules focused on the HIV prevention care and treatment cascade (focusing on achieving the 90-90-90 targets) and key operational interventions to support integrated HIV/TB, SRH/PMTCT and paediatric HIV/TB services. It provide also and an overview of the current HIV political, and funding environment and advocacy and operational research planning.

    Targeting experienced programme managers working in different contexts and settings, this training is also a unique opportunity to build and contribute collectively to future MSF HIV/TB strategies, based on the sharing of field experiences among participants and trainers.

    Since 2012, the MSF Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU) hosts this Course on behalf of the MSF Intersection HIV/AIDS Working Group.

    Target Group

    • Applicants should be currently or will be in charge of coordination, management and supervision of HIV/TB vertical programs or of programs integrating HIV/TB activities.
      - Heads of Mission, Medical Coordinators, Field Coordinators, Field Medical referent
      - Representatives of key partners (especially of Ministry of Health) are strongly invited but provided that they attend together with MSF project counterpart.

    Note: Since learning can also be a reflective process on actual and past experiences, we encourage participants to attend this training only when they are already working in the position. Under these circumstances real transfer happens, namely the application of acquired knowledge that impacts performance in the workplace.

  • Objectives

    General Objective:

    • To strengthen programme design, coordination and management capacity in HIV/TB MSF projects, both in HIV/TB vertical programmes and where HIV/TB activities are integrated.

    Intermediate Objectives:

    Programs managers will have the opportunity to increase their capacities to:

    • Identify strategies and framework for HIV/TB epidemic control, incidence reduction and provision of care in limited resources contexts
    • Position the role and action of MSF within these strategies
    • Identify possible technical approaches and enabling factors to support and implement these strategies
  • Content

    • HIV epidemiology & natural history with evidence on prevention, care and treatment.
    • The HIV response at international, regional and national level with view on the role and priorities for MSF.
    • Needs assessment and priority setting for HIV/TB programming.
    • Programmatic strategies to scale up HIV testing and linkage to care
    • Programmatic strategies to enhance retention and adherence:
    • Organization of clinic services (patient flow, appointments and defaulter tracing)
    • Patient education and counselling
    • Differentiated model of care for ART delivery
    • Programmatic strategies for the implementation of viral load monitoring
    • HIV /TB integration
    • SRH/PMTCT integration
    • Organization of HIV/TB care and treatment for children and adolescents.
    • HIV/TB programs for key and vulnerable populations
    • Integration of HIV/TB services in MSF programs/interventions with other operational priorities.
    • Pharmacy and supply management
    • Monitoring & Evaluation.
    • Mentorship and Supervision.
    • Operational Research.
    • HIV mobilization and advocacy.
    • Exit strategies and handover.
  • Facilitators and Methodology

    The training is overseen by the SAMU HIV/TB advisors and the SAMU training coordinator.

    As an intersectional training, facilitators/presenters are chosen among the SAMU advisors team, the HIV/Aids working group members, the intersectional HQ’s HIV/TB advisor, experienced local expert and other experienced external actors.

    Pedagogic approach
    The group as a peer to peer source of learning and exchange, and the presenters as learning facilitators are the important pillars of the proposed method.

    The methodology includes lectures, case-discussions, debates, field visit (MSF Khayelitsha project) and case study based group work.