The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) established its African Regional Capacity-Building Hub with a mission to strengthen clinician capacity around HBV, HCV, and HIV clinical management. The Hub’s work is advanced in collaboration with national, regional, and international stakeholders, and through a restricted educational grant from Gilead Sciences.
The Hub is aligned to assist with ongoing efforts to expand access to the HBV, HCV, and HIV screening, testing, prevention, care, and treatment on the African continent. The Hub’s 2015-2020 goals include:
- Supporting countries to integrate World Health Organization (WHO), IAPAC, and other relevant normative guidance, including national guidelines, to strengthen their HBV, HCV, and/or HIV responses;
- Increasing clinician capacity to implement HBV, HCV, and/or HIV normative guidance, along their respective continua, in specialized and primary care settings, based on needs specifically determined at clinical sites; and
- Promoting continuing education and metrics-based certification as mechanisms to trigger continuing quality improvement, provide quality assurance, and address health workforce retention concerns.
IAPAC is the Hub’s Secretariat, and its association and academic partners are the International Association for the Study of the Liver (IASL), the Makerere University College of Health Sciences (Kampala, Uganda), and the University of Cape Town’s Division of Hepatology (South Africa).