In order to ensure quality care and treatment of infectious diseases, it is imperative to have skilled and motivated health care workers and sustainable systems to educate and train those workers.  MDH uses a systemic approach to build the skills and knowledge of, and foster attitude changes in health care staff.

In-service Trainings: MDH training is grounded in adult learning theory which makes use of interactive teaching methods to enhance the impact of teaching content.  MDH organizes and facilitates various in-service trainings for Program Site staff in the management of ART, PMTCT, adherence, counseling, data management, integrated TB/HIV management, HIV and nutrition, laboratory quality control and assurance.  MDH also provides training and education in administrative and financial management areas which comply with various donor regulatory and professional practice requirements.  In collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), MDH also organizes and conducts advanced level trainings.

Mentorship Program: Based largely on the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare National HIV/AIDS Mentoring System, the MDH Mentorship Program has been implemented as a means to fill the critical gap that exists between in-service training and practice in the clinical setting.  The Mentorship Program enables health care workers to practice new skills in clinical settings with the support and guidance of a more specialized and/or experienced health care worker working with them.  MDH views clinical mentoring as a key component of HIV-related clinical capacity building, and a critical intervention in the decentralization of ART programs.

MDH strives to provide competent mentors for clinicians, nurse counselors, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, nutrition specialists and data managers.  These mentors can act as catalysts in strengthening provision of care for people living with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and other infectious diseases by assessing and making recommendations for improvements to service-delivery systems.

Distance Learning Program: Using modern technologies such as video conferencing, MDH will improve the quality of trainings by accessing seminar series on various clinical topics including case-based teaching at a distance.  The distance learning program will be launched in the near future and will be done in collaboration with various academic institutions including Harvard University in Boston, USA, Northwestern University in Chicago, USA and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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