n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - The challenge of providing HIV training to health professionals : opinion

Volume 9, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The HIV pandemic in southern Africa has overwhelmed health services in the public sector and presents awesome challenges to the authorities responsible for providing nurses and doctors with the knowledge and ability to manage the many facets of patient care.

The quality of health care available to both adults and children depends on many factors including adequate numbers of well-trained, caring and motivated primary health care nurses, who form the backbone of clinic services in many poorly resourced communities. While basic training for these nurses is important, continuing education is essential to maintain a high standard of care. Failure to provide opportunities for lifelong learning stunts professional growth and impacts on service delivery and job satisfaction. Unfortunately the formal provision of post-basic training is often inadequate and the responsibility for continuing education is usually left to the individual.

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