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. It is a training programme for healthcare professionals caring for HIV infected children. 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. The online course is a series of modules and clinical cases for the student to go through plus a final 2 weeks distance discussion. This is all brought together during a 3-day residential symposium held every year in Rome, for the European edition, where teachers and participants meet up and share experiences and know-how. Since 2008 it has been part of the Oxford Paediatric Infectious Diseases Diploma.

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 gave the chance to many more clinicians and healthcare professionals to meet and benefit from this experience and share knowledge.

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.

For further information on these courses, or to join in the Penta Training Initiative please email us at:

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


Tr@inforPedHIV: 2005 – present