Courses

IDI offers courses in the management of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, as well as courses in especially dangerous pathogens, laboratory services, clinical pharmacology, data management, monitoring and evaluation and grants management, among others. IDI training courses target counsellors, nursing assistants, clinical officers, program managers and medical doctors. Please click the course you are interested in to learn more. The dates of the trainings are provided in our IDI Training Program Courses January-December 2017.

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Comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment for Doctors

Overall Objective:

To equip health professionals with comprehensive knowledge and skills in the management of HIV infection.

Duration:

15 days

Target Group:

Medical Doctors and Clinical Officers who have had prior basic training in management of HIV patients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain basic facts of HIV and AIDS
  2. Appropriately assess and evaluate HIV and AIDS patients
  3. Appropriately manage opportunistic infections in HIV and AIDS patients
  4. Appropriately manage patients on ART
  5. Appropriately manage pediatric HIV patients
  6. Integrate holistic care in the management of HIV and AIDS patients
  7. Integrate HIV prevention services in ART programs
  8. Appropriately manage information generated in HIV and AIDS programs
  9. Apply evidence-based practices in patient care

Comprehensive HIV Prevention for Policy Makers and Program Managers

Overall Objective:

To enhance the capacity of policy makers and program managers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to strengthen HIV prevention efforts in their respective regions and countries.

Duration:

14 weeks

Target Group:

Policy makers and program managers who make decisions, influence policies, mobilize and allocate resources, and who have power and authority to effect required systemic and structural changes for effective HIV prevention in Uganda and elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review global and country specific HIV prevention information and response
  2. Re-examine factors that place targeted populations at risk of HIV/AIDS
  3. Analyze factors that affect the effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions among specific target groups or regions
  4. Explain the role of HIV epidemiology, surveillance, monitoring and planning for more effective approaches to combat the HIV epidemic
  5. Evaluate the existing and emerging complexities of designing, implementing, and integrating HIV prevention programs in their national and or regional portfolio
  6. Determine policies, resources and required frameworks for scaling up comprehensive HIV prevention efforts in their countries or regions
  7. Demonstrate ability to use evidence from the most recent and ongoing research in HIV prevention with a view of developing comprehensive HIV prevention interventions
  8. Demonstrate competencies in designing evidence-based and context appropriate, multi- year HIV prevention interventions for a generalized epidemic
  9. Demonstrate ability to effectively integrate HIV prevention dimensions into both HIV and non-HIV-focused activities
  10. Demonstrate ability to monitor and evaluate HIV prevention programs

TB Management for Doctors

Overall Objective:

Building capacity of health workers to be able to properly manage TB/HIV patients and services. It will also serve as an advocacy platform to promote better implementation of proven interventions and preventive measures in TB/HIV.

Duration:

5 days

Target Group:

Doctors and other senior health professionals working as tuberculosis case management trainers and clinicians in TB/HIV case management.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciate the TB-HIV disease burden and explain the epidemiological correlation/trends of the two diseases. 
  2. Manage challenges concerning Diagnosis of TB and HIV Co-infection 
  3. Appropriately treat of a TB-HIV co infected patients
  4. Institute effective Prevention and control TB- HIV co infection programs 
  5. Properly manage TB – HIV co-infection in children
  6. Implement the integrated approach to management of TB HIV co infection
  7. Develop research ideas and advocate for application of TB HIV researched data into policy.

Advanced ART Management for Physicians

Overall Objective:

To equip Health professionals with the latest and most relevant information and skills needed to manage complex HIV/AIDS clinical problems that have developed over years of use of antiretroviral therapy in Africa.

Duration:

10 Days

Target Group:

Medical Doctors and senior health professionals actively involved in HIV/AIDS clinical care and management for at least 1 year, seeing an average of 20 patients per week with about half of these on ART.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Implement up-to-date strategies in HIV diagnosis and prevention
  2. Initiate and individualize ART according to current updated recommendations for treatment-naive HIV-infected patients
  3. Appropriately monitor antiretroviral therapy and detect treatment failure
  4. Appropriately order and interpret results of resistance testing in antiretroviral therapy
  5. Demonstrate understanding of new and second-line ARV agents
  6. Manage the metabolic complications of long-term antiretroviral therapy
  7. Appropriately manage complex issues in HIV-TB co-infection
  8. Appropriately manage complex issues in HIV and Hepatitis B/C co-infection
  9. Appropriately manage complex diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in the central nervous system, opportunistic infections and malignancies
  10. Diagnose long term renal and cardiac complications of HIV and ART
  11. Appreciate the role of palliative care in the care of HIV/AIDS patients
  12. Appreciate the importance of psychosocial issues in the care of HIV/AIDS patients
  13. Apply and interpret basic statistics in an evidence-based fashion in examining the HIV/AIDS medical literature
  14. Present complex cases and questions to colleagues both in class and via the internet to ask for ideas and consultations

Comprehensive ART Management for Clinical Officers, Nurses and Midwives

Overall Objective:

The aim of this curriculum is to build the capacity of the non-physician prescribers including nurses and clinical officers to initiate and monitor patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Duration:

10 days 

Target Group:

Clinical officers, Nurses, Midwives

Learning Objectives:

  1. Diagnose HIV/AIDS
  2. Stage the HIV disease correctly
  3. Diagnose and treat the common opportunistic infections (OIs) in HIV/AIDS
  4. Recognise Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS) and differentiate it from the OIs
  5. Provide adherence counseling
  6. Provide a holistic assessment of the patients while giving due consideration of the spiritual, social and economic issues that may impend the success of ART
  7. Start patients on 1st line ART
  8. Recognise drug toxicity and interactions
  9. Recognise patients needing referral to the medical officer or to specialist care
  10. Identify patients needing second line treatment
  11. Identify performance gaps at their health units and work out intervention plans

District-based Basic HIV/ART for Nursing Assistants

Overall Objective:

To equip Nursing Assistants with the relevant knowledge and skills in the appropriate care and management of People Living with HIV in order to enhance their competence and confidence in provision of such care and thus, improve the quality of care provided for PLWHAs in resource limited settings.

Duration:

5 days

Target Group:

Nursing Assistants

Learning Objectives:

  1. The basic facts about HIV infection and disease
  2. The process of HIV counseling and testing
  3. Identifying common opportunistic infections
  4. WHO clinical staging for adults and adolescents
  5. Using ART in HIV care and treatment

HIV/ART Laboratory Techniques and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)

Overall Objective:

To improve technical proficiency, management skills and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) in laboratory services in HIV/AIDS and ART care.

Duration:

10 days

Target Group:

Scientific Officers, Laboratory Technologists, Laboratory Technicians, Medical Officers trained in pathology or microbiology, Laboratory Assistants if conducting the described responsibilities

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the relationship between knowledge of epidemiology, and pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS and how it influences the current diagnostic, monitoring and preventive strategies
  2. Explain the role of ART and the importance of laboratory monitoring in HIV/AIDS
  3. Competently perform, interpret and supervise laboratory diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in adults and children
  4. Competently perform, interpret and supervise laboratory ART monitoring assays
  5. Validate, use and maintain HIV/AIDS related laboratory equipment
  6. Establish and maintain appropriate supply management systems in the laboratory
  7. Recognize the importance of GCLP and ethical code of conduct in laboratory health care and research units
  8. Establish safety measures in the laboratory
  9. Accurately document all laboratory processes and results in a HIV/AIDS laboratory.
  10. Compile, analyze and disseminate relevant laboratory information
  11. Integrate and analyze processes for quality management in a HIV/AIDS laboratory
  12. Effectively manage human resources in the laboratory effectively
  13. Perform, interpret and supervise relevant laboratory tests for the diagnosis of common opportunistic infections in HIV/AIDS
  14. Present a work plan on a project they have identified to be undertaken at their workplaces after the course

Laboratory Management and Training of Trainers (TOT)

Overall Objective:

To equip trainees with knowledge and skills in laboratory management, Training of Trainers (TOT) and supportive supervision.

Duration:

5 days

Target Group:

Principle Investigators, Laboratory Managers, Laboratory Supervisors, Laboratory Technologists, Laboratory Technicians, Medical Officers trained in pathology or microbiology, Laboratory Assistants if conducting the described responsibilities

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the functions of management and how it relates to laboratory performance
  2. Apply human resource management skills to manage laboratory staff and improve the performance in laboratory service delivery
  3. Appreciate the role of good logistical management in the quality of laboratory service delivery
  4. Appreciate the importance of quality assurance in ensuring accurate and reliable laboratory results
  5. Appreciate the importance customer care in providing quality laboratory services
  6. Conduct effective support supervision of laboratory services
  7. Teach and assess the laboratory workers in knowledge, skills and attitudes required for efficient delivery of laboratory services
  8. Present a project they have identified to be undertaken at their workplaces as part of quality improvement after the course

Basic Laboratory Methods (BLM) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for Routine Laboratories

Overall Objective:

To improve the technical skills of laboratory workers in lower health centres through Basic Laboratory Methods (BLM), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and the strengthening of laboratory management.

Duration:

1 month

Target Group:

Laboratory Assistants, Microscopists

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the principles of GLP
  2. Discuss the aims of GLP
  3. Explain the elements of GLP in clinical laboratories
  4. Explain how to develop and implement SOPs in the laboratory
  5. Describe the major HIV testing technologies
  6. Outline the steps followed in HIV testing technologies in adults
  7. Outline the different HIV testing methods used in children less than 18 months of age
  8. Outline the quality control measures in each of the testing methods
  9. Describe the methods used in laboratory diagnosis of malaria
  10. Describe the methods used in laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis
  11. Describe the methods used in laboratory diagnosis of intestinal parasites
  12. Describe how to care and maintain a microscope

Clinical Pharmacy in the Management of HIV/AIDS

Overall Objective:

To build the capacity of pharmacy workers in the provision of high quality HIV care through effective management of antiretroviral therapy.

Duration:

5 days

Target Group:

Pharmacy health workers including: Pharmacy Technicians, Enrolled Nurses, Enrolled Comprehensive Nurses, Registered Nurses, Registered Comprehensive Nurses, and Pharmacy Assistants.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the public health importance of HIV across the world with specific emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Appreciate the relationship between the immune system and the infectious and non-infectious complications in HIV positive patients
  3. Value the need to consider patients’ clinical status in making a choice of ARV regimen to give
  4. Adhere to the criteria used for initiating ART in patients
  5. Appropriately manage patients with adverse medicine reactions to ARVs
  6. Share relevant information with prescribers on medicine interactions
  7. Appropriately initiate ART in children
  8. Rationally dispense antiretroviral medicines and medicines used in the management of common Opportunistic Infections (OIs)
  9. Order, purchase, receive and store medicines and supplies properly
  10. Give patient education and relevant counseling on how to take their medication
  11. Observe the ethical code of conduct for a pharmacy worker in day to day practice
  12. Communicate effectively with individuals and different groups of people

Medicines and Health Supplies Management

Overall Objective:

To develop essential competences in procurement and management of medicines and health supplies.

Duration:

5 days

Target Group:

Pharmacists

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply the principles of quantification of medicines and health commodities including Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs)
  2. Describe and use the various tools used for managing medicine information requirements
  3. Understand the various government supply chain lines for essential medicines and health supplies (EMHS) including vertical programs
  4. Appreciate and demonstrate good storage practices
  5. Adequately handle activities related to adverse drug effects and pharmacovigilance
  6. Understand guidelines on management of expired medicines
  7. Appreciate the commonly used information technology software programs used in logistics management
  8. Understand the concept of rational drug use and its application

Integrated Management of Infectious Diseases

Overall Objective:

The course is intended to build the capacity of lower cadres for the integrated care, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. The need for building capacity arises from the reality of task shifting and simultaneous lack of ability amongst lower cadres to perform delegated tasks.

Duration:

3 weeks classroom and 3 months distance learning

Target Group: 

Clinical Officers, Nursing Officers, Midwives

Learning Objectives:

  1. Perform a thorough patient history and physical examination in adults and children with common infectious diseases
  2. Apply sound clinical reasoning to basic and complex problems in the diagnosis and management of patients with infectious diseases
  3. Triage, provide emergency treatment, and refer seriously ill adults and children with common infectious diseases
  4. Diagnose and manage malaria and common non-malarial causes of fever in adults and children
  5. Diagnose and manage tuberculosis and other common causes of cough in adults and children
  6. Appropriately diagnose, perform clinical and immunologic staging, and initiate and monitor antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected patients
  7. Diagnose and manage common opportunistic infections in HIV-infected adults and children
  8. Diagnose and manage clinical presentations of other infectious diseases common in Uganda
  9. Diagnose and manage common infectious diseases, including HIV infection, in pregnant women
  10. Diagnose and manage HIV and other common infections in the neonatal period
  11. Apply key HIV prevention strategies including: STI testing and management, PMTCT, post-exposure prophylaxis, and circumcision
  12. Provide important patient education, counseling  and follow-up care as needed in patients with common infectious diseases
  13. Initiate consultation or referral when needed for very ill or complex patients

Integrated Management of Malaria

Overall Objective:

To improve the quality of management of patients with malaria/fever through building the capacity of health workers in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of malaria.

Duration:

6 days

Target Group:

Clinical Officers, Nurses, Lab personnel and Data/Records office    

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the burden of Malaria in Uganda including its transmission, epidemiology, and control and policy framework
  2. Promote effective infection control in patient management
  3. Apply proper record keeping and logistics management
  4. Demonstrate proper evaluation of a patient suspected of having malaria
  5. Assess patients with fever effectively
  6. Identify cases of malaria correctly in those presenting with fever
  7. Prescribe appropriate treatment for a patient with Malaria
  8. Give relevant education to a patient with Malaria regarding prevention and care in Malaria
  9. Demonstrate a correct Laboratory Diagnosis of Malaria
  10. Demonstrate efficient and effective use of the microscopes.
  11. Observe ethical code of conduct and good clinical and laboratory practices
  12. Demonstrate the use of effective quality assurance/quality control measures

Fever Case Management using RDT

Overall Objective:

To improve the quality of care of management of patients with malaria

Duration:

3 days

Target Group:

Clinical Officers, Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives, Registered Comprehensive Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Enrolled Midwives, Enrolled Comprehensive Nurses, and Nursing Assistants/ Nursing Aides

Learning Objectives:

  1. Proper evaluation of a patient with fever
  2. Correctly performing and interpreting RDT results
  3. Prescribing appropriate treatment for a patient with uncomplicated malaria
  4. Proper management of a patient with fever but a negative RDT
  5. Appropriately managing patients needing referral
  6. Giving relevant patient education to patients suffering from malaria
  7. Proper record keeping and logistics management

Refresher Training of Trainers (TOT) Integrated Management of Malaria (IMM)

Overall Objective:

To build capacity among the district trainers in order to build a critical mass of trainers for rolling out the training on Integrated Management of Malaria (IMM).

Duration:

5 days

Target Group:

Medical Officers, Clinical Officers, Nurses, Midwives, Laboratory staff, Records staff

Learning Objectives:

  1. To give an overview of the concept of the cascade training
  2. To orient district trainers on the facilitators' guide
  3. To equip district trainers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes on how to train others on IMM
  4. To equip district trainers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes on how to do monitoring and evaluation of the training (baseline assessment, follow up and recruit trainees)
  5. To orient district trainers on how to implement and administer the cascade training on IMM

Data Management in HIV and TB

Overall Objective:

To enable the health workers to recognize the importance of relevant data and to correctly collect, manage, interpret, and disseminate, and use this data for health service management.

Duration:

5 days

Target Group:

Records/Data Managers

Learning Objectives:

  1. Collect, store, retrieve and up-date the data appropriately
  2. Adequately analyze the data
  3. Interpret and meaningfully present the results
  4. Use the results in planning and management
  5. Provide timely and complete reports to higher levels
  6. Disseminate the results to the other stakeholders
  7. Train and supervise other staff in data management
  8. Collect, store, retrieve and up-date the data appropriately
  9. Adequately analyze the data

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in Health Services

Overall Objective:

To improve the knowledge and skills of participants in project planning and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

Duration:

7 days

Target Group:

This course targets personnel who work or intend to play a management role and need to acquire M&E skills.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciate the role of M&E in ensuring effective and efficient project management
  2. Identify community needs
  3. Design and apply M&E tools
  4. Design and integrate M&E systems in projects
  5. Compile timely and quality reports for projects

Coaching and Mentoring for Health Workers

Overall Objective:

This course is aimed at developing capacity of Health Workers to mentor and coach individuals and Multidisciplinary Teams for improved Health Service delivery.

Duration:

Five days of classroom-based training and two to three on-site mentoring follow-up visits scheduled at least one month apart.

Target Group:

The course targets team leaders and other Health workers with sufficient technical knowledge and skills who are willing to coach and mentor other health care workers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply the principles of adult education in their capacity building activities
  2. Appreciate the concept of Supportive Supervision and its relevance in improving the performance of healthcare workers
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the coach model and how it is applied in the capacity building of health workers
  4. Develop multidisciplinary team materials and comfortably facilitate a multidisciplinary session
  5. Identify health workers who need to be mentored and demonstrate skills gained through mentoring
  6. Demonstrate the ability to handle different scenarios in the course of a mentoring implementation program
  7. Apply continuous quality improvement principles to improve health service delivery
  8. Contextualize concerns regarding integration of the coaching and mentoring concepts in the delivery of healthcare services
  9. Document mentoring and coaching sessions and understand the relevance of the documentation process as a monitoring tool
  10. Appreciate the concept of coaching and its relevance in enhancing capacity of the different healthcare workers

Training of Trainers (TOT-HIV)

Overall Objective:

To equip health care workers with knowledge, skills and attitudes to plan, implement and evaluate training programmes within the health care system.

Duration:

5 days

Target Group:

Medical Doctors and Clinical Officers actively involved in training other health workers. This course should be undertaken after completion of the Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment for Doctors course.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Communication skills
  2. Facilitation skills
  3. Strengthening leadership role of trainers
  4. Applying relevant teaching methods when training health personnel.
  5. Effectively implement training activities that are based on the felt needs of the targeted health care workers.
  6. Plan, implement and evaluate a training session.
  7. Effectively deliver a training session
  8. Effectively document activity proceedings/ report writing
  9. Support supervision skills