HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Study examines lessons learned at Africa's first public antiretroviral treatment clinic

A public clinic offering antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to people with HIV/AIDS, recently established in Botswana, has had its share of trials and errors. However, the obstacles it has encountered--and has largely overcome--can serve as valuable lessons for other developing countries trying to launch their own treatment programs, according to an article in the March 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.

According to World Health Organization estimates, only about 700,000 of the 6 million people with HIV/AIDS who need ARV treatment are getting it. Major efforts are underway to increase access to ARV treatment, but many countries are struggling with limited staff and infrastructure.

Botswana's high rates of HIV--more than a third of its adult population is infected--make it a prime candidate for publicly available ARV treatment. Africa's first public ARV clinic opened in Gaborone, Botswana's capital city, in January of 2002, and was immediately inundated with patients, some of whom had to wait four or five months to begin ARV treatment.

Physical space for consultation and counseling proved to be the first challenge. The facility's 4,000-patient capacity was quickly reached. To handle the influx, additional buildings were erected, and they now accommodate more than 11,000 patients being treated at the clinic.

Clinic staffing changes were also necessary. Initially, medical personnel were rotated in from inpatient hospital wards in order to gain outpatient care experience. However, to ensure consistent care for clinic patients, a core team of HIV specialists was eventually created to staff the clinic and train junior staff as HIV care providers. All ARV clinic staff members involved in patient care received ongoing training to get the most up-to-date information on HIV treatment.

The lack of medical personnel available to staff such a specialized clinic in an African nation has varying causes, depending
'"/>

Contact: Steve Baragona
sbaragona@idsociety.org
703-299-0412
Infectious Diseases Society of America
10-Mar-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Study of energy and health in Africa focuses spotlight on charcoal and forest management
2. Study shows promise in identifying kidney failure
3. Study shows patch therapy may be as effective as oral medications
4. Study shows soy is well accepted in school lunches
5. Study finds that coordinating care of chronically ill patients does not increase liability
6. Study provides new estimates of the causes of child mortality worldwide
7. Study finds factors linked to substance use disorder relapse among health care professionals
8. Study finds majority of women willing to accept cervical cancer vaccine for self and children
9. Study shows use of budesonide reduced the risk of asthma related events by 40% in children
10. Study shows risk of cardiac death after radiation for breast cancer has dramatically decreased
11. Study shows acrylamide in baked and fried food does not increase risk of breast cancer in women

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/15/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... August 15, 2019 , ... ... statement: , "The deadline for family planning clinics to provide written assurance ... Monday, August 19. Similar to the Global Gag Rule, the new policy ...
(Date:8/14/2019)... ... August 14, 2019 , ... ScribeAmerica, the nation’s most ... a place on the Inc. magazine 500/5000 list today for the ninth consecutive ... of ScribeAmerica’s recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in America. ...
(Date:8/14/2019)... ... August 13, 2019 , ... In a recent Trivedi Effect workshop, ... in your belief systems. , “Doubt can obliterate your old beliefs,” said Master Dahryn. ... examining them to expand your understanding and your awareness. Trust that the Divine has ...
(Date:8/12/2019)... PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... August 12, 2019 , ... ... at 15757 Pines Boulevard #315 in Pembroke Pines, Florida 33027. For over 25 years, ... grease trap cleaning and septic tank pumping services . Eco Pump’s steady ...
(Date:8/12/2019)... ... August 12, 2019 , ... ... rehabilitation thanks to donations received through the 4th annual Lockton Warfighter Sports Charity ... New Jersey. , Participating in the event again this year will ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/12/2019)... ... August 12, 2019 , ... Dr. ... a chief authority in the field of cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. ... to Dr. Spence for his knowledge and expertise in treating keloid scars ...
(Date:8/12/2019)... , ... August 12, 2019 , ... Intalere, the healthcare ... been named as a finalist in the Innovator of The Year - Health IT ... honored to be recognized by the Pittsburgh Technology Center as a healthcare IT innovator ...
(Date:8/10/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... August 10, 2019 , ... ... psychiatric hospitals and outpatient programs. Educating parents to obtain mental health screenings for ... patterns of school shootings and provided a solution to the community with free ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: