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Biannual HIV management conference in Mumbai
High quality medical education is urgently needed for health care providers caring for HIV patients in India. India ranks third in the global burden of HIV with an estimated 2.3 million HIV-infected persons. India also has a vast, largely unregulated private health sector which ranges in quality. HIV care practices, particularly for antiretroviral therapy, have been documented to vary widely from structured public health driven guidelines for first line and second line regimens in the government sector to individualized regimens in the private sector. As HIV and management of co-infections and comorbidities continue to evolve rapidly, there is a great need for all providers (public and private sector) to maintain and update their medical knowledge about best practices for HIV care for adults and children who are HIV-infected or at risk for HIV infection in India. Dissemination of new knowledge is critical, particularly pertaining to prevention, screening and management of long term complications of HAART (e.g. cardiac, renal, bone, endocrine), management of TB/HIV and viral hepatitis and novel prevention approaches such as pre-exposure prophylaxis is critical.
For the past 10 years, Johns Hopkins has collaborated with the Human Healthcare Research Foundation in Mumbai, India, to provide quality HIV medical education updates for practicing providers in India. Speakers and topics are carefully selected by a committee comprised of Indian and international HIV experts. Conference program topics have included HIV diagnosis, HIV treatment initiation, management of immunological and/or virological failure, drug resistance, HIV/TB management, pertinent opportunistic infections (OI) management in the era of cART, and management in special populations of aging HIV-infected adults, children and pregnant women; interactive case-based presentations are also featured. Over 600 medical providers attend the two-day, biannual conference. In 2015, the conference entitled, "Sustaining Success – Crossing New Frontiers,” will be held in Mumbai on January 10-11. A participant evaluation form will be requested to obtain feedback about the quality of the conference speakers and content; metrics will include number of providers attending the conference, number of HIV guides distributed and provider data such as type of provider, years of experience, and size of current HIV practice.