South Africa HIV ATTC at
University of Cape Town

 

The South Africa HIV ATTC is a new United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded centre dedicated to providing training and technical assistance to providers addressing substance use, mental health and HIV throughout the country. Founded in 2017, our new centre reflects a strategic international partnership between the New England ATTC - one of the longest continuously operating ATTCs in the United States - and the University of Cape Town, the oldest and one of the highest ranked universities in South Africa.
 
 

Upcoming Events:

23-24 August 2018

 

Recent Events:

13-16 August 2018

Mental Health and Substance Use Training

This four-day training was for MatCH subgrantees AFSA and CMT professionals working with child orphans and vulnerable children. Attendees gained knowledge around cultural competencies to better conceptualise the circumstances and care of their patients in order to improve HIV treatment outcomes through strategies such as increased detection and intervention of co-occurring mental illness, alcohol and other drug use disorders. The training also focused on identifying other mental disorders and infectious diseases that frequently occur alongside substance use disorders. Providers that attended this training learned how to screen for mental health and substance use disorders and interpret the results of screening tools in order to improve HIV treatment outcomes through detection and intervention of co-occurring alcohol and drug use among adolescents at risk.

Introduction to Culture, Mental Illness and Common Mental Disorders for Adolescents Living with HIV

Introduction to Psychotic and Substance Use Disorders and Management of Mental Illness for Professionals Working with HIV

 

3 August - 7 September 2018

In-Depth Mental Health Training

This in-depth mental health training is a six-part series for health professionals and lay workers at the Denis Hurley Centre. The Denis Hurley Centre serves thousands of homeless, refugees, and people living with HIV and TB. 

Session 1: Introduction to Culture and Mental Illness

Attendees of this training gained knowledge around cultural competencies to better conceptualise the circumstances and care of their patients in order to improve HIV treatment outcomes through strategies such as increased detection and intervention of HIV and co-occurring mental, alcohol and other drug use disorders. 

Session 2: Exploring Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Attendees of this training gained knowledge about common mental and behavioural disorders, particularly mood and anxiety disorders. After this training, providers could better conceptualise the circumstances and care of their patients in order to improve HIV treatment outcomes through strategies such as increased detection and intervention of HIV and co-occurring mental and behavioural disorders.

Session 3: Assessing Psychotic Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Suicide and Aggression in People Living with HIV

Attendees of this training will gain knowledge about common psychotic disorders, intellectual disabilities, as well as suicide and aggression. The training particularly focuses on how these many different disorders can compound with HIV. After this training, attendees will better conceptualise the circumstances and care of their patients in order to improve HIV treatment outcomes through strategies such as increased detection and intervention of HIV and co-occurring mental and behavioural disorders.

Session 4: Substance Use Disorders and Management of Mental Illness in HIV Settings

Attendees of this training will gain knowledge about treatment and management of substance use disorders and mental illnesses. Those who attend this training will learn how to screen for mental health and substance use disorders and interpret the results of screening tools in order to improve HIV treatment outcomes through detection and intervention of co-occurring alcohol and other drug use among people living with HIV.

Session 5: Exploring the Role of the Non-Specialist Worker in HIV Settings

Attendees of this training will gain knowledge about treatment and management of common illnesses and issues associated with HIV/AIDS. Those who attend this training will learn how to interpret the results of screening tools in order to improve HIV treatment outcomes through detection and intervention of HIV and other co-occurring illnesses.

Session 6: Contextualising Mental Health and Admission Pathways for HIV Health Professionals and Lay Workers

Attendees of this training will gain knowledge about treatment and management of common mental health illnesses and associated healthcare pathways related to those illnesses. Those who attend this training will learn about the Mental Health Care Act, hospital admissions and role players, the admission pathway and process, and non-specialist worker experiences.