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Zambia is a small nation of approximately 11 million persons in southern Africa. WHO/Zambia reports that over two-thirds of the population is living under the national poverty line, and the country ranks 90th out of 103 on the UNDP Human Poverty Index scale. Zambia carries a high burden of infectious diseases, including HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, and the Central Statistical Office of Zambia approximates 20% of the Zambian people have HIV infection. The UNAIDS reports that the projected life expectancy has reduced from 60 years at birth (without HIV/AIDS) to 37 years due to the disease.
Zambia is one of the US President's Emergency Plan Emergence Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 15 focus countries. (read 2008 Zambia report) However, recent efforts to provide life saving HIV medications to infected persons has been complicated by a lack adequately trained health care providers who are available to deliver these complex medications safely and effectively. This lack of trained health care providers is known as brain drain.
CCGHE is developing partnerships with JHPIEGO and the University of Zambia School of Medicine and the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka to improve continuing HIV clinical education. We are especially interested in updating HIV knowledge to physicians who practice in remote areas. The goals of our clinical training efforts in Zambia are twofold; to improve local HIV clinical expertise and to prevent health care worker migration by keeping physicians interested in providing HIV care in Zambia.
Together the CCGHE and JHPIEGO have run the "Management of Adult HIV/AIDS in Zambia" course 2 times over the last year and is currently running the course for the third time over February-March 2009. We want to recognize and congratulate those participants who have received Certificate of Completion. Please visit our Course Recognition Page
The need for in-depth clinical training about HIV care and treatment in Zambia is widely recognized. The CCGHE and JHPIEGO, a Johns Hopkins affiliate with a country office in Lusaka, Zambia have worked together to bring a new online course, Management of Adult HIV in Zambia. The course contains 22 lectures by experts at Johns Hopkins, JHPIEGO, University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka and Ministry of Health. Topics include Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, Diagnosing and Initial Management, Clinical Manifestations of HIV Infection, and Antiretroviral Therapy. Support for this course was provided in part by Northwater Foundation.
Although the course has been offered three time, more than 800 participants have participated, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, program managers, and researchers. Course participants receive CD-ROMS of the lectures and take pre and post-tests online toward a Certificate of Achievement for those who score 70% or better on the post-tests. Through the continued collaboration with JHPIEGO, additional course offererings are planned.
"I really enjoyed the material which you provided for us.
My understanding of HIV/AID and its management has been widen.
Keep it up with that good work."