National AIDS Program and the Virtual Leadership Development Program

“The National AIDS Program in the Ministry of Health and Social Development has partnered with managers in the public and private health sectors to participate as a team in the Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) conducted by Management Sciences for Health based in Cambridge Massachusetts and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States HIV AIDS Project Unit. The goal of the program is to increase the capacity of the local healthcare systems for the development of managers that will lead with  a vision of a better future. The program, which began in early March will continue through June 11th of this year. An eleven member multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers representing the National AIDS Program, the HIV-AIDS Foundation, laboratory, pharmaceutical, management, medical specialties, and nursing services are participatins in the intiative with their regional counterparts. The teams are required to identify challenges they face on a daily basis that are preventing them from achieving results. This allows them to immediately apply the leadership and management practices they are learning in the VLDP workshops to their current work situations. It has been said that the forum has allowed for stronger collaboration between local stakeholders and regional management teams, which ultimately allows for a more effective integration of the HIV services into the primary care setting as well as implementation of our National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS and STIs.”

Sources/ information taken directly from: BVI News online http://bvinews.com/?p=2101

Christine Irven, VERTICES intern

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