An ambitious program of education and training for Mexican health professionals
In collaboration with Hospital Infantil de Mexico, the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative is involved in an ambitious program of education and training for Mexican health professionals. The program is supported by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.
The program in Mexico, called Una Mano a Los Mas Pequenos (A Hand to the Smallest Ones), has several important components. Mexican physicians are given the opportunity to travel to Baylor for short-term training in pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment. In addition, under the program, Baylor and Hospital Infantil have collaborated in sponsoring and conducting a series of symposia and workshops on pediatric HIV/AIDS for Mexican health professionals. Over 2000 Mexican professionals have attended these meetings over the past four years.
The Baylor/Hospital Infantil team expanded its role in Mexican public health worker training during 2001 with the development of a four-hour course and Spanish-language curriculum targeting Mexican nurses and other professionals working in prenatal and women's clinics. This course was delivered first to approximately 120 health professionals in Mexico City in September, 2001. During 2002, over 500 professionals attended courses held in Puebla and Tijuana. Workshop participants have come from across Mexico.
Each curriculum unit includes objectives, pre-test, course content, and post-test. Mexico-specific course content has been developed by a twelve-person multidisciplinary team, led by:
Nancy Calles, B.S.N., R.N.
Baylor Pediatric AIDS Education and Research Coordinator
Miguel Cashat, M.D.
Pediatric Infectious Disease and AIDS Physician, Hospital Infantil de Mexico