The AIDS Treatment Information Centre (ATIC) is a free call-in centre at IDI. ATIC is a part of the Training Department of IDI. We aim to ensure the correct, safe, and effective use of medicines.
What is our business?
Our business is to improve and maintain health-care workers’ skills in the appropriate use of medicines. Particular focus is on the appropriate use of medicines in the management of HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, malaria and Tuberculosis. ATIC also supports health workers in the appropriate use of medicines for the management of non-infectious diseases in persons living with HIV.
ATIC thus promotes the right drug choice; drug dose; and drug-combinations - thus avoiding undesirable drug-drug; drug-patient; drug-food; and drug-disease interactions.
Whom do we offer support?
We support all the Health Care workers i.e. consultants, physicians, medical officers, nurses/midwives, clinical officers, laboratory personnel, pharmacy personnel, counsellors, nursing assistants etc, in Uganda and the rest of Africa.
How do we support health care workers?
- We receive and respond to queries on;
- Clinical Case management e.g. questions on diagnosis of clinical conditions, patient management and patient referral
- Drug information including Drug identification, Drug availability and cost, Drug –Drug interactions, Adverse Drug Reactions, and Treatment Failure
- Mandated as the national centre to advise on switching of Antiretroviral Therapy regimens by the Ministry of Health, Uganda
- Other areas like vaccines administration, Information sources
- Medical Information Charts e.g.Drug interaction charts; Drug identification charts;Malaria management charts etc.
Our Quality Assurance
Quality assurance for our services is given by pharmacists managing a call centre in the North-Western Memorial Hospital in Chicago, USA.
ATIC also has support from medical specialists in HIV treatment and care in the IDI clinic, infectious diseases physicians of Makerere University Department of Medicine, and international infectious diseases experts affiliated to the IDI through the Academic Alliance.