Tr@inforPedHIV started for the first time in 2005, in the framework of the partnership between Penta and the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID). It is a training programme for healthcare professionals caring for children and young people living with HIV and congenital infections. This innovative course uses a new methodology integrating distance learning with interactive residential courses.

Tr@inforPedHIV is unique in its learning system as it incorporates an e-learning section into the teaching. At the beginning, the course was designed to address topics related to the treatment of children with HIV/AIDS in Western and Eastern Europe, but the great success of the first experiences led the organisers to readapt and export it also to low and middle income countries, in a variety of international settings including Africa, Asia and Latin America. This has given the chance to many more clinicians and healthcare professionals to meet, share knowledge and benefit from this experience.

For the biennial European edition of the course, we have completely revamped and updated the curriculum areas covered and the training content in order to deliver a new course centred around updates in a variety of different congenital infections, whilst building on the success and reputation of the previous Tr@infroPedHIV courses. The upgraded online course comprises 6 modules and a series of clinical cases – 3 of the modules will be held in the weeks prior to the 3-day residential symposium in Rome (Italy), with the remaining 3 modules set to run in the weeks directly following the face-to-face course. It has been designed to help prepare students to be proactive participants at the residential course, where teachers and participants meet up and share experiences and know-how, and also to consolidate the knowledge they will have acquired as the course progresses.

Since 2008 it has been part of the Oxford Paediatric Infectious Diseases Diploma.

So far, more than 4,000 healthcare workers from over 30 countries have participated in the training, which has been extremely successful and very well received by the attendees. To date we have carried out over 60 courses, with others planned for the very near future.

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Enrolment for Tr@inforPedHIV 2020 will be opening soon. Watch this space!


Tr@inforPedHIV: 2005 – present