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HIV-related HMIS Training to ART Counselors and Medical Recorders

National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) conducted three day HIV-related HMIS Recording and Reporting Training to ART Counselors and Medical Recorders from ART sites of Western Development Region at Pokhara on 15-17 December 2015. One private medical college was also participated in this third batch of trainings. The training was supported by Global Fund.

The objectives of the training were to: i) to explain the overview of national HIV response system and latest HIV epidemic update in Nepal; ii) to describe key features of HIV service components run by the hospital; iii) to explain national HIV-related recording and reporting requirement including logistics reporting; iv) to demonstrate the linkages between recording and reporting of HIV data in HMIS; v) to list key challenges related to recording and reporting at hospital and identify actions to address them; and vi) to coordinate D(P)HO/HMIS and other stakeholders to strengthen HIV reporting at hospital.

A total of 23 participants (Female 9, Male14) representing 11 hospitals  having ART sites and 1 private medical college attended the training. Hospitals participating in the training were i) Gorkha District Hospital; ii) Lamjung Community District Hospital; iii) Damauli Hospital; iv) Western Regional Hospital; v) Dhaulagiri Zonal Hospital; vi) Myagdi District Hospital; vii) Syangja District Hospital;  viii) UMN Hospital; ix) Gulmi District Hospital; x) Lumbini Zonal Hospital; xi) Kapilvastu District Hospital and xii) Gandaki Medical College. Detail for participants is listed in Annex-1.



Sessions covered in the training were: i) introduction of national HIV-response system and current epidemiological updates; ii) overview of HIV-related program components by hospitals; iii) HIV-related HMIS recording and reporting tools and their use; iv) logistic reporting; v) group works for the use of tools; vi) orientation and demonstration of HMIS-database; vii) HIV-related reporting status, issues and challenges; and viii) action planning. Participants have prepared hospital wise action plan to address the key issues and challenges on recording and reporting identified themselves at their hospital.

Training was facilitated by the staff of NCASC and Save the Children – Global Fund Program stationed at NCASC namely Bir B. Rawal; SI Focal Person; Dinesh Bista, M&E Coordinator and Shiv Hari Adhikari, Communication and Documentation Officer.

Director for Western Regional Health Directorate Dr. Tara Nath Poudel distributed the Training Completion Certificate to participants. He emphasized the important of accurate, complete and timely recording and reporting of health services including HIV. He said that only accurate and timely information can support decision makers to take the right decision in right way.