Pediatric KITSO trainings are five-day workshops to build the capacity of healthcare workers to provide quality treatment and care services to pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients. During the reporting period, two Paediatric KITSO workshops were conducted, reaching 81 health care professionals drawn from Greater Francistown DHMT, Tutume DHMT, and Ngamiland DHMT. Botswana-Baylor staff revised the Paediatric KITSO Training Curriculum content to match changes in national treatment and care guidelines and the evolving needs of children as they grow into adolescence and young adulthood. Future trainings will continue to highlight the role of healthcare workers in supporting the achievement of the UNAIDS 95-95-95 global HIV campaign.
“Baylor College of Medicine is an esteemed and world-renowned academic health centre and this is what convinced me to apply to their winter elective programme. As a medical student, I wanted to make my school holiday exciting but also informative, and Botswana-Baylor did not disappoint me. I spent four weeks working alongside the fantastic staff and incredibly knowledgeable doctors at the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence. This centre is well equipped and specialises in paediatric HIV care, working alongside other government-appointed facilities in combating the HIV epidemic in Botswana. I was offered a well-rounded experience, from taking patient histories to performing physical examinations and investigating lab tests and drug interactions. I also conducted follow-up appointments and accompanied doctors on outreach visits. Botswana-Baylor far exceeded my expectations.” Yaseera Koya, MBBS Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University
TThe outreach program aims to strengthen the capacity of peripheral health facilities across Botswana to optimize treatment and care services for HIV infected children, adolescents, and young adults through the clinical mentorship of healthcare providers. The outreach team composed of a nurse prescriber and physician visits the outreach sites once per month. During the visits, the team consults and supports patients with virological failure; attends to other patients that require special care in the IDCC and onwards; and conducts side-by-side mentoring of medical officers, nurse prescribers, and other healthcare professionals. Also, didactic sessions are structured around the fundamentals of pediatric and adolescent HIV treatment and care. The outreach team conducted monthly visits to Letlhakane Primary Hospital, Rakops Primary Hospital, Sefhare Primary Hospital, Mahalapye District Hospital, Shoshong Clinic, Kanye Main Clinic, Thamaga Primary Hospital, Scottish Livingstone Hospital, Good-hope Primary Hospital, Deborah Retief Memorial Hospital, Mabutsane Clinic, Khakhea Clinics, Kang Clinic, Hukuntsi Primary Hospital, Sedie Clinic, and Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital. A total of 693 patient consultations were conducted. Of these, 157 were for failing patients and 536 not failing but with other challenges. A total of 55 healthcare workers were mentored including, doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and other professionals. The feedback from the outreach teams shows that the ART site managers and staff highly appreciate the mentorship and clinical support provided by Botswana-Baylor outreach teams. A total of 693 patient consultations were conducted. Of these, 157 were for failing patients and 536 not failing but with other challenges. A total of 55 healthcare workers were mentored including, doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and other professionals.