imgresThis weekend, several staff members from the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) headed north to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will continue through July 22.

The conference, held every three years, serves as the preeminent meeting place for a wide variety of stakeholders in the global response to HIV and AIDS. Gathered to talk about the latest scientific developments and implementation, attendees include scientists, clinicians, public health experts, advocates, community leaders, media professionals, and people living with HIV. The opening plenary, Where is PEPFAR going?, will be led by Dr. Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

A number of posters with I-TECH authors were selected for presentation at IAS 2015:


  • Attrition from antiretroviral treatment services among pregnant and non-pregnant patients following adoption of Option B+ in Haiti

This was also selected as the winner of the prestigious Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize. From a field of 2,564 abstracts, it was acknowledged for its excellence in research that addresses women, girls, and gender issues related to HIV.


  • Safety, feasibility, and acceptability of the PrePex device for adult male circumcision in Malawi


  • Who benefits from partner services in Mozambique? Results from a pilot program in a public, urban clinic

South Africa

  • Stigma Fears Undermine the Scale Up of HIV Care and Prevention in North West Province, South Africa
  • Characterizing the continuum of care in a population-based sample to target programming in North West Province, South Africa
  • Loss of HIV-positive patients in rural primary health care facilities in North West province, South Africa: a retrospective register audit
  • Peer navigation in South Africa: Addressing stigma and psychosocial barriers to engagement in HIV services
  • An unannounced standardized patient actor assessment of STI services in public health facilities in South Africa

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Ann Downer Receives UW’s 2015 Lifelong Learning Award

June 17, 2015

Video courtesy of Theo Angell/Michi Pix. On June 11, Dr. Ann Downer, Executive Director of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), received the University of Washington’s (UW) 2015 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning. “I am truly honored to be recognized by the university,” said Dr. Downer. “This award is a result […]

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New Training Guide for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS Transmission in Ukraine

June 5, 2015

The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) Ukraine, in close partnership with the Ukrainian Family Medicine Training Center (UFMTC) at Bogomolets National Medical University (NMU), and under the auspices of the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Ukraine, has published a new facilitator guide/tutorial, “Modern Technologies for the Organization of Prevention of HIV/AIDS Transmission […]

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Mental Health – A New Challenge for HIV Treatment in Ethiopia

April 24, 2015

Although HIV patients in Ethiopia have greater access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) than they did a decade ago, ensuring that patients adhere to a full course of ART is still a major challenge. In response, in 2008, the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) launched a landmark HIV/AIDS Case Management program in several […]

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I-TECH Shares Research at CUGH 2015

March 19, 2015

On March 26-28, Boston University will host the Sixth Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Mobilizing Research for Global Health,” and featured speakers include Olusoji Adeyi, Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank; Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health; and Stephen Morrison, Vice President, Center for Strategic and […]

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MOU Signed with the Ukrainian Centre for Socially Dangerous Disease Control

March 13, 2015

From L to R: Igor Kuzin, Head of the National M&E Center at UCDC; Dr. Natalia Nizova, Director of UCDC; Matt Heffron, I-TECH Informatics Implementation Specialist; Anna Shapoval, I-TECH Ukraine Country Director; and Mykhailo Rabinchuk, PR and Event Manager at UCDC. On March 11, the University of Washington Department of Global Health (DGH) signed a […]

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Faculty Partnerships with University of Namibia Lead to Strengthened School of Public Health

February 23, 2015

UNAM School of Nursing Science and Public Health Despite a decrease in the estimated annual HIV/AIDS incidence since 2001, HIV/AIDS remains a significant source of morbidity and mortality in Namibia.[1] In 2008, the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at the University of Washington (UW) was invited to conduct a rapid assessment of […]

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Tablets Help Tanzanian Health Care Workers Upgrade Skills

February 11, 2015

Students in Kilosa, Tanzania, try out the new tablet app. In November 2014, the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) launched a program that allows practicing Clinical Assistants to upgrade to the level of Clinical Officer — the first MOHSW distance learning program in Tanzania to use tablet computers to deliver medical course […]

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E-Learning Increases Accessibility to HIV Diploma Program in the Caribbean

January 26, 2015

Students of the graduate diploma program in the management of HIV infection have the opportunity to receive instruction from a hand-selected group of experts. Photo courtesy of Ben Depp. In the Caribbean, an estimated 250,000 people are living with HIV (UNAIDS, 2013).  To address this epidemic, health workers must have the latest information to guide […]

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Stories of Success from Ethiopia: Mother’s Support Groups for PMTCT

January 7, 2015

In Mother’s Support Groups, trained mentors counsel HIV-positive pregnant women and mothers on optimal child-rearing practices and encourage them to adhere to PMTCT programs. Photo courtesy of Julia Sherburne. The following is the second in a three-part series of I-TECH success stories from Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, only 24 percent of HIV-positive pregnant women receive antiretroviral […]

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