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Multidisciplinary Care Teams: Report of an IAPAC Consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Region and Country: Ethiopia


Topics: Community and home-based care for PLWHA, Community health workers, Country ownership, HIV counseling and testing, HIV prevention/positive prevention, HIV/AIDS, Monitoring and evaluation, Performance management, Program management, Retention of health workers/reducing attrition, Social support for PLWHA, Training


A multidisciplinary care team can be defined as a partnership among health care workers of different disciplines inside and outside the health sector and the community with the goal of providing quality continuous, comprehensive and efficient health services. This report explores the potential of introducing multidisciplinary care teams into sub-Saharan health care settings in an effort to scale up access to antiretroviral therapy and to achieve efficiencies in the use of existing financial and human resources for health. The report highlights the findings and recommendations of clinical, academic, and governmental leaders on these five areas: interdisciplinary education and training; putting interdisciplinary training and continuing education into practice; multidisciplinary care team models, regulatory frameworks and scope of practice challenges, and measuring success.