Training for nurses, doctors, and other care workers.
 
One of the major problems faced by HIV infected individuals is social discrimination. Stigma and discrimination are prevalent in the region. Many doctors in private as well as in government hospitals would not touch an HIV patient. HIV patients are also often resented by society. Many HIV positive are thrown out of their jobs because many people are ignorant and do not know much about HIV/AIDS. Ignorance and fear leads to isolation and neglect by the families as nobody is interested in their existence. Women and children are the ones who suffer the most, without being really responsible for their fate. Women are usually infected by their husbands who are working as casual workers (or for instance truck drivers) out of their community. Many of these people fluctuate to big cities such as Mumbai and Pune where they get infected and bring the virus with them to their families.


In many cases the stigma commences with refusal of a doctor to treat an infected person because he/she is HIV positive. Hence, changing the attitude of Health Care Providers especially doctors and nurses is a major step in tackling HIV disease.

With the vast experience in dealing with HIV/AIDS patients, large number of patients admitted in the hospital at any given time, Bel-Air has evolved into a major training center for Health Care Providers in HIV/AIDS management, specially doctors and nurses. Center for Disease Control (USA) and International training and education center on HIV (I-TECH), USA are providing technical support for it. The hospital has experience of training almost all levels of health care professionals including doctors, nurses, counselors, faith leaders, NGO staffs, PLHIVs, community volunteers etc. Bel-Air has been training Health Care Personnel from CBCI, HLFPPT, KHPT, Avert Society in addition to nurses in Government Hospitals.. A summary of the training is given below:-

 

Sr. No
Name of the Training
No. of trainings
Participants reached
       
I
CCC Staff Nurses (from CBCI and HLFPPT)
10
197
 
Staff nurses from government medical colleges and
district hospitals (Avert funded)
8
199
 
Training of staff nurses (funded by GFATM)
37
1112
 
Training of labour room staff nurses in Emergency
HIV testing (MSCAS)
8
185
 
Total for nurses
63
1693
       
II
Training of Doctors (German Red Cross funded)
4
80
 
Private Practitioners (Avert funded)
38
806
 
Institutional Doctors (Avert funded)
2
28
 
Training of CCC doctors (KHPT)
2
30
 
Total for doctors
45
880
       
III
HIV training for Counselors
2
38
 
Training for ORWs on care & support
2
36
 
Training of PLHAs HIV Basics
1
18
 
Training of Faith Leaders in HIV
4
81
 
CCC team trainings
4
71
 
Basic Facts on HIV, STI & Sexuality
9
186
 
Training of Outreach Workers (KHPT)
2
70
 
Training of Lab Technicians
2
24
 
Training under State Training & Resource Centre for
Project Directors, Accountants, Counselors, Outreach
workers etc
13
270
 
Total for others
39
794
       
 

Department of General Medicine

Department of Paediatrics
Department of General Surgery
Department of Orthopaedics
Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Department of TB and Chest Medicine
Department of HIV/AIDS
Dermatology Clinic
Ophthalmic Clinic

ENT Clinic

ICU
24 hours emergency
Pathological Lab
Dental Clinic
Pharmacy
 
 
Treatment
Training of nurses, doctors, and other care workers.
HIV-AIDS and Community Care Center