251992 Who Will Provide Life-long Care?

Monday, October 31, 2011: 12:50 PM

Anne Sliney, RN ACRN BSN DSc (h) , Clinton Health Access Initiative, Boston, MA
As developing countries integrate HIV and TB prevention and treatment services into primary health care systems, the role of professional nurses becomes critical to the success of such integration. Nurses provide most of the primary health services globally, and have increasingly taken on responsibility for diagnosing and treating HIV infection. The Republic of South Africa is in the process of implementing Nurse Initiated and Managed ART (NIMART) throughout its primary health clinics. This presentation will discuss the political and operational issues involved in rolling-out this major change in nursing practice.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. Outline the history of HIV treatment in developing countries 2. Explain the research comparing nurse-initiated HIV treatment with physician-initiated treatment 3. Describe the role of nurses in integrating ART into primary health care in South Africa

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, International Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked with HIV/AIDS internationally
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.