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Central America


According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), HIV is rapidly expanding in Latin America where an estimated 1.7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. Of these, an estimated 200,000 people are in Central America, a region containing four of Latin America's highest HIV prevalance countries and three countries where AIDS is among the 10 leading causes of death (Honduras, Guatemala and Panama). Notably, the Central American region, including the Dominican Republic, also suffers from insufficient development of primary health care. Strengthening health systems, inlcuding the integration of HIV care into primary care, is one focus of PAHO. 


CCGHE has partenered with PAHO and Gorgas Memorial Institute in Panama to develop, implement and evaluate an HIV and infectious diseases clinical education program for primary care providers in Central America. The program's succes inspired CCGHE to provide open access to a self-paced, online version of the course, which maximizes the benefit. CCGHE has also adapted a Johns Hopkins-developed HIV clinical guide specifically to support HIV care in Central America.



HIV POC-IT Guide for Central America: La Guía POC-IT del VIH

Project Ongoing?: 
CCGHE Leadership: 
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Adapt the Johns Hopkins HIV POC-IT Guide for use in the Central American region as a clinical care resource

Integration of HIV and other prevalent relevant infectious disease care into primary medical care

Project Ongoing?: 
Primary Aim(s): 
  • Strengthen the knowledge and skills of health workers in Latin America and the Caribbean to integrate HIV and other infectious disease care into primary care
  • Provide open access to the online course material