The Collaborative HIV Inter-Professional Partnership (CHIP), held a seminar on the 7th of January 2020 at the Midlands State University’s Gweru Main Campus.
The seminar was aimed at developing inter-professional collaboration in the management of HIV patients and was attended by officials from Gweru Provincial Hospital as well as members from the University’s Faculty of Medicine and Psychology Department.
Speaking during the seminar, CHIP Principal Investigator and Chairperson, Dr Walter Mangezi, said the collaborative partnership between the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), and Midlands State University (MSU) is a blessing that will help to improve the quality of health care in the country.
“Inter-professional collaboration in the management of HIV patients has helped in improving the quality of health care professionals and as CHIP we are here not only to encourage but to train facilitators who will later train medical professionals in the field to manage HIV patients,” said Dr Mangezi.
CHIP is a consortium comprising, UZ, NUST and MSU. It is led by the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS). CHIP’s overall goal is to develop a team of next-generation health care professionals across the three universities to deliver the highest quality of collaborative and evidence-informed HIV care. Its training programme is largely aligned to the United State’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).