Creating a Nationally-Recognized Online HIV Training Curriculum in Kenya
Clinical healthcare providers working with HIV patients in Kenya receive little standardized training in the clinical management of HIV. Dispersed throughout the country, in both urban and rural settings, these providers need access to quality clinical education that does not interrupt their routine duties. Working with Kenya’s Ministry of Health with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TREE designed and piloted an e-Learning version of Kenya’s National HIV Integrated Training Curriculum (NHITC) for widespread distribution.
NHITC e-Learning project goals are:
1) To provide standardized education on the clinical management of HIV to 6 cadres of clinicians throughout the country
2) Overcome barriers to accessing medical education by making the e-Learning course readily accessible on a smartphone application
3) Provide quality education by incorporating both active learning elements and a blended learning approach, with face-to-face placements integral to the training curriculum
Designed and piloted by TREE, the e-Learning version of Kenya’s NHITC provides fundamental HIV clinical education to six cadres of healthcare providers: clinicians (including doctors, clinical officers and nurses), laboratory staff, pharmacists, social workers, counselors, and nutritionists. With all the content accessible on a smartphone application, the e-Learning course is offered free of charge to clinicians throughout the country, overcoming barriers to medical education access.