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Training and Mentoring Health Workers for the HIV/AIDS Program in Kenya: Efficient Choices in a Revised Skills-Building Strategy
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Author(s): Arin Dutta

Primary Language: English

Date: 10/3/2012


The National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP), a department of the Ministries of Health, Kenya, is considering a major change to the process in which clinical health workers in the public sector are provided training on HIV/AIDS. This involves a new, harmonized HIV curriculum and a related process involving self-learning, placement (off-site face-to-face interaction with mentors), ongoing clinical practice, and ongoing mentoring. NASCOP and the Health Policy Project collaborated to analyze the potential efficiency gains of the harmonized curriculum process over a past practice of uncoordinated off-site trainings and limited mentoring for health workers. The analysis included comparing the cost of different methods to provide ongoing mentoring. Results suggest that the harmonized curriculum process will save significant resources for Kenya, and a district-based mentoring process will be an efficient choice. The brief provides evidence to support the policy change and is also instructive for training discussions in other vertical programs.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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