Tr@inforPedHIV 2019

Tr@inforPedHIV 2019

The course took place on Wednesday 30th January – Friday 1st February 2019 at the Crowne Plaza – The Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa.

85 delegates attended from various regions in South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe. Kenya and the UK.

Overall, feedback was very positive – delegates thought talks were interesting and informative, and the group sessions were valuable as they allowed everyone to share their experiences:

“Excellent training course. I would highly recommend it to anyone.”

“Frequent workshops of this nature will really empower our clinicians and other healthcare givers. Case discussions excellent”

“Group work was helpful and got different perspectives from colleagues and learned extensively on how to get through several difficulties regarding HIV/TB management in children and adolescents”

“Excellent programme. Good for the region, allows interaction and awareness of what others are doing in the region. Allows us to learn good and best practices from each other, especially where challenges are concerned”

“Overall a great course with experienced personnel and brilliant presentations. All your inputs and efforts were greatly appreciated – I am looking forward to applying what was learnt to daily practices. Thank you”

Delegates were asked to complete a course evaluation form to provide organisers with feedback. They rated presentations an average of 9.2, content covered 9.2 and usefulness 9.2 all out of a possible 10. The overall average of all scores was 9.2.

They were very complimentary of the content and organization of the course.


The course took place on Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd March 2019 at the Hotel Las Quintas, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

89 delegates attended in total. 76 delegates were from 24 states across Mexico, while 13 participants were international.

Overall, feedback was remarkably positive:

“Congratulations to the organizers – thanks to Penta for the invitation”

“Excellent course, dynamic, thorough, interesting in that it dealt with topics that we face day-in day-out”

“Excellent course, highly skilled speakers in their areas. I felt it was important that the topic of mental health was included in this course”

“Congratulations to all the team of this international course – very well organized”

“Very well structured; with very detailed and clear messages from the speakers”

“Excellent result, with great feedback from the different countries and the states of patient care in these countries. Many thanks for the invitation and for helping advance medical education” 

There was a mixture of paediatricians, other doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and epidemiologists. Delegates were asked to complete a course evaluation form. The overall rates were 9.7/10 for presentations, 9.7/10 for content covered and 9.4/10 for usefulness for their practice. Presentations were rated very highly. The delegates commented that the talks were clear, interesting, useful and enjoyable. The information was accessible, topics were relevant, and the overall quality was excellent.

They were mostly complimentary of the hotel and location of the course in Cuernavaca.

The delegates also provided useful feedback that has been taken into account for planning future training courses.

The training course took place on Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th July 2019 at the IBB Hotel, Minsk, Belarus.

53 delegates attended in total, coming from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and Latvia.

Overall, feedback from the participants was very positive. In particular, they praised the speakers’ high level of professionalism and the in-depth, interdisciplinary knowledge shared during the lectures and case discussions. They also appreciated the positive and welcoming atmosphere of the course.

Here are some examples of the delegates’ comments:

“Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to participate. I will definitely share my knowledge”

“Very interesting and informative, interdisciplinary and positive atmosphere”

“In general, there is a lot of very useful information. I really liked the group work, especially the individual questions on cases”

“Very grateful to the organisers and lecturers. It was important to learn new things about HIV treatment and thanks to this course my perception of the problem has changed”

“Case study discussions led us to exchange experiences and ask advice from colleagues, especially on specific work-related questions. It was very useful – just excellent!”

“Excellent! Good luck and looking forward to the new research data”

Delegates were asked to complete a course evaluation form. The overall scores were 9.5/10 for presentations, 9.4/10 for content covered and 9.2/10 for usefulness for their practice. The overall average rating for presentations was 9.4/10.

The delegates commented that the talks were clear, interesting and relevant. They enjoyed the group discussions for their interactive nature and for the useful knowledge gained on day-to-day issues in HIV care. They were also complimentary of the venue and overall course organisation.

Tr@inforPedHIV Mozambique took place on Tuesday 26th – Thursday 28th November 2019 at the Southern Sun Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique

101 delegates attended in total: 95 from Mozambique, 2 from Namibia, 2 from Zambia, 2 from Uganda. There were a mixture of paediatricians, physicians, nurses, medical officers and lab technicians.

Overall, feedback was extremely positive:

“Presentations well-structured with great content. Speakers were very open and approachable.”

“Very useful for my clinical practice. It has helped me understand how to approach certain clinical situations better. Group work was very educative because they discussed day-to-day cases.”

“Good presentations, work groups very interactive, cases discussed that we face every day. We learned a lot!”

“Excellent presentations – no room for criticism!”

“The clinical cases were very useful and appropriate as they reflect our reality. Useful forour future clinical work.”

“It was a privilege to be around paediatricians from the country to exchange ideas and listen to understand what must be put in place, also in other countries.” 

“It was really amazing being here and meeting all the colleagues. Training and studying about HIV in paediatrics is a brilliant idea, because in most cases paediatric HIV conditions are not really discussed – it’s mostly adults that are considered.”

“A very well planned and organised conference/training. Everything delivered as planned, very informed and organised facilitators. All information well presented and delivered.”

Delegates were asked to complete a course evaluation form. The overall rates were 9.3/10 for presentations, 9.3/10 for content covered and 9.3/10 for usefulness for their practice.

Presentations were rated very highly. The group sessions were praised in particular as they allowed everyone to share their experiences with participants from different regions/countries. Discussing real life cases that were relevant to their daily practice, and getting immediate expert feedback, was immensely rewarding for the delegates. The quizzes and working groups were praised for being interactive and fun. They variety they added was welcomed as this helped keep the delegates fully engaged.

They were highly complimentary of the hotel and location of the course in Maputo.

The delegates also provided useful feedback that has been taken into account for planning future training courses.