Involvement of PLHA as patients who are experts in their own illness can be a valuable educational strategy to support the training of health workers. This is a very effective training intervention, and also addresses effectively the need of increased number of trainers necessary for capacity building during rapid ART scale up.
In both the Basic ART Clinical Course and ART Aid course, PLHA are trained to play specific HIV cases with the course participants during the skill stations sessions two hours per day in addition to joining small groups during the interactive classroom training. PLHA trained as Expert Patient-Trainers add much needed experience and reality to instruction of HIV care and ART.
- Facilitator’s Guide to the Preparation of Expert Patient-Trainers for the WHO Basic ART Clinical Training Course and the ART Aid Training Course (DOC)
- Facilitator’s Guide to the Preparation of Expert Patient-Trainers for the WHO Basic ART Clinical Training Course and the ART Aid Training Course (PDF)
- Expert Patient-Trainer Checklist for Clinical Course
- Expert Patient-Trainer Checklist for ART Aid Course