Clinical Training Skills Course

HIV.jpgThe National HIV and AIDS Response Programme is teaming up with the OECS HIV/AIDS Project Unit (HAPU) to train persons to carry out counseling and testing.

This is in an effort to continue the scale of response to the HIV pandemic, as well as a strategy for sustainability that will ensure that the country continues to have a cadre of well-trained persons.

Ms. Patricia Joseph is one of the trainers at this five day workshop. She feels that this is a major step for Dominica in initiating this training.

The participants are coming from Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The training is described as “key” to enhancing the counselors’ ability to provide “quality” counseling to the clients that they serve.

Support for the training is provided by the Government of Dominica, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Regional Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network (CHART RCU).

Ms. Joseph hopes that all of the persons will advance to become qualified trainers, in the longer term qualified advanced trainers, and in the medium term all of the countries will no longer be dependent on external persons to train trainers.

The course is being held at the Prevost Cinemall until September 21st.


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