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ARV Program Management in Low Resource Settings Training Seminar

August 7 - August 18, 2006
Boston, MA USA WHO Collaborating Center in Pharmaceutical 
Policy and Boston University Seminar
Antiretroviral Program Management Issues in Low Resource Settings: 
A Training Seminar for Policy Makers & Program Managers
August 7 - August 18, 2006
Boston, MA USA


Funding through Global Fund, PEPFAR, and other initiatives has recently 
transformed AIDS into a treatable disease in developing and transitional 
countries.  Resources such as ARVs and diagnostics are now available; however, 
rapid scale-up of AIDS treatment programs has not occurred, in part, due to ARV 
drug management issues.  ARV drug management issues include difficulties with 
pharmaceutical supply systems and logistics, insufficient human resources to 
provide ART and barriers to ARV adherence.

Seminar Overview

Week One (August 7-11, 2006): Drug Management Key Issues
A description of the various national and international players involved in ARV 
management will be discussed with recommendations to efficiently coordinate 
efforts.  Specific drug management issues to be covered include: evidence 
-based selection of medications, quantification, procurement, pricing, quality 
assurance, pre-qualification of suppliers and monitoring and evaluation

Week 2 (August 14-18, 2006):  ARV Adherence
An overview of adherence issues will be followed by instruction on how to 
measure ARV adherence.  Approaches to improve adherence to AIDS and other 
chronic diseases will be presented. A field visit to an ARV adherence clinic 
will allow participants an opportunity and interact with health care 
practitioners (pharmacists, physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists) 
involved in ARV adherence activities.

Who Should Attend?

Policy makers, ARV Program Managers, and NGO Officials responsible for national 
and local programs. Social scientists, pharmacists, and other public health 
professionals interested in ARV management and adherence.

Teaching Methods

Instruction will occur in English.  The format will be highly interactive with 
presentations by international experts followed by facilitated group exercises 
and discussion.  Case studies and guided readings will be provided and 
substantial preparation is required for each session.  A field visit to an ARV 
Adherence Clinic will be arranged.


Brenda Waning, Boston University School of Public Health;  Richard Laing MD, 
World Health Organization, Geneva;        


Conference costs (no academic credit): $1,282 USD includes tuition and 
materials fee.  

For more information, contact:
Sarah Petty at or by phone +1 617-638-5234

Sarah Petty

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