Act against Aids

Training

Training healthcare workers and saving lives

The Ruedi Lüthy Foundation also wants to make a difference beyond the walls of Newlands Clinic. Providing well-founded training for local healthcare workers means we can share our life-saving knowledge tailored specifically to the situation in Zimbabwe.

Newlands Clinic Training Centre provides training in the treatment of HIV patients to around 800 local healthcare workers every year. The course gives doctors and nurses specific insights into the work of Newlands Clinic, and they can then pass on this life-saving knowledge at other clinics throughout Zimbabwe.

Pictured: Dr. Cleophas Chimbetete and Dr. Margie Pascoe, who also teach courses.

There is an acute lack of specialists in Zimbabwe: the shortfall of doctors is in the thousands, and the training of healthcare staff is often not sufficient to ensure proper treatment for HIV patients. We seek to address this situation with the ongoing courses in our Training Centre. The lecturers include Newlands Clinic staff as well as external experts.

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Treating HIV properly

We hold two-week intensive courses roughly once a month, giving doctors and nurses the opportunity to learn how to effectively treat HIV and Aids in children, adolescents and adults. This is essential given that the virus quickly adapts to new conditions, and dangerous resistance can form if the treatment is not carried out properly.

Preventing cervical cancer

HIV-positive women are at a greater risk of contracting cervical cancer. We therefore run a further course where doctors and nurses learn how to diagnose this dangerous form of cancer and treat the precancerous lesions. The course is offered together with the Women's Health Centre.

Sexually transmitted infections

In a pilot course, twelve internal and external healthcare workers received training in the diagnosis and treatment of STIs in 2016. The feedback from participants was very positive, and the course will continue to be offered on demand.

International pilot course

With the support of the SDC, in the autumn of 2018 we successfully conducted a pilot course for nurses from the SADC region. Some 38 % of people with HIV/AIDS live in these countries. 20 nurses from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia were taught theoretical knowledge and received practical insights into HIV management at our clinic. The SDC is currently evaluating the possibility of further international courses.