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[afro-nets] ART Program Management in Low Resource Settings: Policy Makers & Program Managers Training Seminar

  • From: "Sarah Petty" <spetty@bu.edu>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 12:54:10 -0500

ART Program Management in Low Resource Settings: Policy Makers & Program Managers Training Seminar

July 16 - July 27, 2007
Boston, MA USA

WHO Collaborating Center in Pharmaceutical Policy and Boston University Seminar

Funding through Global Fund, PEPFAR, and other initiatives has recently transformed AIDS into a treatable disease in developing and transitional countries. Resources such as ARVs and diagnostics are now available; however, rapid scale-up of AIDS treatment programs has not occurred, in part, due to ARV drug management issues. ARV drug management issues include difficulties with pharmaceutical supply systems and logistics, insufficient human resources to provide ART and barriers to ARV adherence.

Seminar Overview

Week One (July 16-20, 2007): Drug Management Key Issues:
A description of the various national and international players involved in ARV management will be discussed with recommendations to efficiently coordinate efforts. Specific drug management issues to be covered include: evidence-based selection of medications, quantification, procurement, pricing, quality assurance, pre-qualification of suppliers and monitoring and evaluation.

Week 2 (July 23-July 27, 2007): ARV Adherence:
An overview of adherence issues will be followed by instruction on how to measure ARV adherence. Approaches to improve adherence to AIDS and other chronic diseases will be presented. A field visit to an ARV adherence clinic will allow participants an opportunity to interact with health care practitioners (pharmacists, physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists) involved in ARV adherence activities. The field visit will include workshops with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), allowing participants to consider the patient perspective of initiation and adherence to ARVs.

Who Should Attend?
Policy makers, ARV Program Managers, and NGO Officials responsible for national and local programs. Social scientists, pharmacists, and other public health professionals interested in ARV management and adherence.

Teaching Methods
Instruction will occur in English. The format will be highly interactive with presentations by international experts followed by facilitated group exercises and discussion. Case studies and guided readings will be provided and substantial preparation is required for each session. A field visit to an ARV Adherence Clinic will be arranged. Classes will run in the mornings.

Brenda Waning, Boston University School of Public Health;
Richard Laing, World Health Organization, Geneva;
Mike Montagne, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences;
Libby Levison, Independent Consultant;
Lisa Hirschhorn, John Snow, Inc.

Conference costs (no academic credit): $1,350 USD includes tuition and materials fee.

For more information and an application contact:
Sarah Petty
Tel (+1) 617-638-5234
Web: http://international-health.org
E-mail: mailto:spetty@bu.edu