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Comprehensive HIV care and ART Management

Duration: 5 days
Target Audience: The clinical care team: Doctors, Nurses and Clinical officers
Course Content : The aim of this course is to build capacity of the clinical team offering HIV care and ART management to initiate and monitor patients on ART, drug classifications and interractions, HIV diagnosis and couseling,  management of opportunistic infections, and provision HIV prevention services among positives and PMTCT.  The course further provides participants with knowledge needed to provide pediatric care to exposed and infected children.

National HIV update Meeting:

The National Update meeting is held annually to  update clinicians on current research findings and HIV treatment practices globally. This meeting is supported by JCRC collaborators like the University of Wisconsin, and donations from other International organisations like Simply Speaking. The meetings target more than 100 health care workers and they have supported the development of specialized physicians, mentors and researchers across the country. These local and regional experts have supported ART scale up, HIV care training and are participating in various clinical trials and research studies in their respective settings.
Duration: 3 days
Target audience: Doctors, Nurses, clinical officers

Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCP).

The GCP Courses offered by JCRC have helped more than six clinical trial teams in three study sites meet the protocol requirements for them to start the trials. These courses have also offered opportunities for more than 100 staff involved in various clinical trials get updates on clinical practices required for research. The course is given to the participants to equip them with the knowledge and skills on GCP regulatory requirements in order to carry out research within a well structured framework. This facilitates the research them to work according the international principles of human research subjects' protection and perform research using GCP-ICH guidelines.
Course Duration: 2 days
Target audience: All staff involved in clinical research
Course Content:  (Introduction of) History of human subjects protection, What is ICH-GCP, Qualifications required to conduct a trial/ Trial conduct, Standard Operating Procedures, Essential Documents, Investigator's Brochure, Trial protocol and amendments, Case Report forms (CRFs), Monitoring,  Responsibilities of (Investigators, monitors, sponsor and IRB/IEC); Handling and safety reporting procedures: (S/AE), Contract Research Organization (CRO)

Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP)

Duration: 3 days
Target audience: Laboratory technicians and technologists and laboratory scientific officers.
Course Content: This course aims at equipping health workers with HIV/ART Laboratory techniques.  It covers HIV Testing in Adults and Children, CD4 testing; Diagnosis of Malaria, TB and Intestinal Parasites and Good Laboratory Practices.  Practical sessions are conducted in laboratory centers of excellence. This course is relevant for individuals and teams whose perform tests relevant for HIV diagnosis and ART monitoring while observing Good Laboratory Practices.

The student mentorishp program:

Duration: 2 months
Target Audience: Professionals - on exchange arrangements, Interns - Clinical, laboratory, medical, nursing, counselling, adherence, pharmacy and data, students that require industrial training
Course Content:  Participants are exposed to various skills required in each respective departnent where thet are attached (i.e. counseling, adherence, clinic, pharmacy and the laboratory). Trainees gain hands on experience and are assigned to staff member in each department who supervises the day today progress of the trainee.

Research Ethics training:

The research ethics course aims at training participants in research ethics;  responsibilities in research, discussing topical and emerging bioethical issues in the conduct of research. The expected outcome is improved research ethics knowledge on RE principles, ethical challenges and dilemmas to enable IRBs perform effective independent ethical and scientific review of research proposals.
Course Duration: 2 days
Target audience: IRB members, regulatory officers and IRB Administrators
Course Content: Regulatory oversight of research in Uganda, Ethics of research with human biological materials, Establishment and functions of IRCs , Operations of an IRB,  Ethical Considerations in Review of research proposals, Informed Consent, Initial review, protocol amendments and continuing review process, Conflict of interest, Responsibilities of investigators, sponsors, host institutions, Research with vulnerable groups, Compensation in research , Standard of Care in Research including RCTs, post-trial access to care and treatment, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); Definition, purpose, training and development, Effective protocol review - Tips for the Non-Scientist, Dissemination of research results & access to research products

Training community networks to support HIV care:

The TREAT program developed training materials used for education a cross range of community based workers on how the community can play a vital role in supporting adherence to ART. The impact of this initiative is that, a curriculum for training community volunteers that support ART adherence at the community level was developed and has been adapted by various organizations that need to make use the community based resource persons. With more than 600 community liaison volunteers trained, they have played a key role in supporting patients adhere to treatment thus preserving the HAART first line regimen which is cheaper and easier to administer for a longer time. Their activities have contributed to other global activities aimed at preventing resistance to ART due to poor adherence.

Course Duration: 5 days
Target audience: Community based workers, community Liason volunteers (CLVs), Village Health Team members (VHTs)
Course Content: Volunteering, Community mobilization, Communication and counselling, HIV/AIDS, Stigma and discrimination, Healthy living, ART, ART adherence, Pediatric AIDS, PMTCT, Opportunistic infections, Record keeping and support materials.

Laboratory diagnistic procedures- Hands on

Duration: 2 months
Target Audience: Laboratory technologists, laboratroy technicians,  laboratory scientific officers; students pursuing BBLT (Year 3) or MSC programs.
Course Content: This course  equips participants with skills to; Perform basic tests required for HIV testing, Perform tests required for ART monitoring, Interpret laboratory tests, Understand and perform all specialised tests done in each laboratory section (microbiology, heamatology, virology, immunology, phlebotomy and chemistry), appreciate the need for QA/QC for laboratories and how to develop SOPs and improve laboratory management practices.

The Center for Social Science Research on AIDS (CeSSRA):

This is a training and research collaboration between researchers from Makerere University, JCRC, Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, and the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), USA. CeSSRA is funded by the NIH, and started in 2007 with two complementary missions: (i) To develop and expand local capacity to undertake social science research on HIV/AIDS in Uganda through infrastructure development, training, and enhancement of local resources; (ii) To promote, and conduct social science research on HIV prevention and treatment through specific research building upon and expanding the research programs of the current CWRU-Uganda research collaboration.

WHO Knowledge Hub Capacity Building Program:

This program hosted at JCRC is a World Health Organisation (WHO) collaboration with the Regional Knowledge hubs for capacity building on scale up of ART. It utilizes regional institutions as centres of excellence - also known as "knowledge hubs" - to support counties through training, tools and implementation of guidelines for HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT), Monitoring & Evaluation and standardise care and treatment.This program has supported more than 15 countries in Africa in the process of adaptation of Integrated Management of Adult Illnesses (IMAI) modules and scaling up ART uptake and management. Activities of this program include developing curricula material for the Intergrated Management of Adulthood Illnesses (IMAI) modules, mentoring of health care workers and supporting HIV implementing partners to develop in service training curricula adopting IMAI materials.

Other training courses can be arranged to address HIV preventon, Pediatric care and PMTCT. For applications and enquires, Please contact the JCRC Training Cordinator