The project will develop common training curricula and capacity-building programmes in HIV/AIDS. The training will cover a broad range of relevant topics in HIV/AIDS treatment and management, combining on-site training with online distance learning methods. After piloting, the curricula will be incorporated in the networks and disseminated to a broader stakeholder audience.
ACTIVATE directly contributes to the desired providing and exchange of good practice in Europe. The collaboration between the complementary participants and their HIV clinical networks in tackling health inequalities ensures a multidisciplinary, cross-cutting, integrated European approach in the dissemination of good practice. Specifically, this project is geared towards priority area 2.3.5 ‘Capacity building’. The project will lead to tailor-made training curricula for healthcare personnel and other professionals dealing with people living with HIV/AIDS. Moreover, this initiative will contribute to developing the capacities of the European HIV clinical networks PENTA, CASCADE, EuroSIDA and EuropeHIVResistance and beyond, especially geared towards central and east European countries where the need for training and capacities is especially apparent, thereby overcoming specific geographic or developmental weaknesses.
The project is designed in four phases:
phase 1: target group definition, and capacity and training need assessment;
phase 2: development of the content and tools of training curricula and modules;
phase 3: pilot capacity building and training;
phase 4: evaluation, dissemination and accreditation.
The objective is for the training curricula on HIV/AIDS treatment and management to be developed and piloted within the four European HIV networks. Each training module will be accompanied by a pre- and post-test specific to the course and quantitative evaluation questionnaires. The topics to be addressed in the curricula are: HIV in children, HIV in adults, antiretroviral therapy, adverse effects, prevention and management of opportunistic infections, with focus on tuberculosis, and hep B/C infection in HIV-infected persons. Other topics include: gender issues including obstetrical and gynaecological issues; management issues related to an ageing patient population (including dementia, degenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease); ethical issues in HIV. It is expected to achieve a better integrated care for HIV-infected children and adults in Europe.