I-TECH at UCSF
The International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH) is a joint collaboration of the University of Washington and UCSF. I-TECH has 11 offices throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. I-TECH’s more than 900 worldwide staff work in partnership with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), medical facilities, and other organizations to support the development of a skilled health work force and well-organized national health delivery systems. I-TECH’s activities occur primarily in the following technical areas:
- Health system strengthening
- Laboratory Systems Development
- Health workforce development
- Pre-Service Education
- Task Shifting
- Clinician retention
- Operations research and evaluation
- Technical Assistance
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Quality Improvement
- Prevention, care, and treatment of infectious diseases
- HIV, TB and Malaria
- Positive Prevention
I-TECH-UCSF is housed within the Department of Family and Community Medicine. I-TECH UCSF supports the overall direction and strategic planning of the I-TECH (www.go2itech.org) central office and country offices. As a core partner in I-TECH, UCSF also supports I-TECH country programs by providing clinical expertise and guidance in such areas as HIV/TB co-infections, prevention, nursing, pharmacology, and clinical mentoring. An I–TECH Capacity Statement can be found online at: www.go2itech.org/who-we-are/i-tech-capacity/downloads/Capacity%20Statement101608.pdf/view?searchterm=capacity+st.
The following are some of the centers and programs that I-TECH UCSF collaborates with in meeting I-TECH country program goals:
- Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) (www.caps.ucsf.edu): Conducts research to prevent the acquisition of HIV and optimize health outcomes among HIV-infected individuals. Programs include: Evidence-based HIV prevention in resource limited settings; Operations Research; Prevention with Positives; Technical Assistance with Program Implementation; Monitoring and Evaluation; HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing; and Assistance with dissemination of lessons learned.
- Positive Prevention (PP) project (www.caps.ucsf.edu/research/portfolio/2009/Dawson_C-PosPrevMozambique2009.pdf), is a special project that is a collaboration with the UCSF School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems and I-TECH. It adapts, pilots, and implements evidence-based PP interventions in rural Mozambique; maintains ongoing support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS; and conducts a feasibility/accessibility research study.
- HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital: ASPIRE (http://php.ucsf.edu/intl_aspire.shtml): Provides on-site clinical, educational, and mentoring programs in HIV and AIDS in Africa and conducts active epidemiologic, translational, clinical, and operational research programs in Africa and South America.
- Center for Health Information (CHI) (chi.ucsf.edu): Supports up-to-date medical information on antiretroviral therapy and the treatment of opportunistic diseases in a variety of resource contexts through a powerful electronic dissemination network.
- Francis J Curry National Tuberculosis Center (www.nationaltbcenter.ucsf.edu/index.cfm): Develops and delivers highly versatile, culturally appropriate trainings, educational products, and provides technical assistance to eliminate tuberculosis. In I-TECH supported countries, the Curry Center provides technical assistance on complications for the care and treatment of HIV/TB co-infections, including curriculum development, revision national guidelines, and education and training.
- Prevention and Public Health Group (formerly -Institute for Global Health (IGH) (globalhealthsciences.ucsf.edu/PPHG/): Promotes the use of evidence-based methods to build capacity in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, epidemiology, clinical care and scientific best practices to improve health and reduce the burden of disease in the world’s most vulnerable populations.
- National Clinician’s Consultation Center (NCCC) – Warmline (www.nccc.ucsf.edu): Provides Warmline clinical support for post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to I-TECH consultants and field staff and provides an on-site orientation to the Warmline and other NCCC programs to I-TECH domestic and international visitors.
- Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry (www.ucsf.edu): Develops curricula and materials for pre-professional students and practicing health providers, drafts care management models, develops program and systems, conducts evaluations, and provides clinical consultation to overseas institutions on the care and treatment of infectious diseases, including HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and tuberculosis.