Second Phase of ADAPT (2010-2014)
After applying successfully for further funding from the HIV Prevention Trials Capacity Building Grants programme, CIET is undertaking the second phase of the ADAPT programme from the end of 2010 to the beginning of 2014.
The ADAPT programme is sponsoring two people to undertake Masters programmes at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and four others to undertake Bachelors programmes [at UNISA and the University of Namibia].
In October 2011, the ADAPT programme collaborated with the government of Botswana to run a two day training session for parliamentarians about evidence-based decision making. A further training session took place over two days in November 2012.
In July 2012, Dr Beverley Shea from the ADAPT2 team taught a one week module on systematic reviews (increasingly a requirement before any trial is undertaken) for faculty members of the School of Nursing and Public Health (SNPH) at the University of Namibia (UNAM). This helped to build capacities of UNAM faculty members to teach the module themselves, when it becomes an optional module within the SNPH Masters in Public Health course in 2014.
Within another project, CIET is developing an open and distance learning (ODL) MSc Epidemiology course. Participants in the ADAPT programme will have the opportunity to be exposed to the online materials as they are developed.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, an ADAPT collaborating partner, is offering two short courses in laboratory skills relevant to HIV prevention trials. The first one-week course in early 2013 will cover basic HIV serology, techniques such as PCR, and essential laboratory quality management. National HIV laboratories in SADC countries are nominating participants for this course.
In January and February 2013 a three week block of intensive training in evidence-based planning and randomised controlled trails for HIV researchers in SADC countries took place in Gaborone, Botswana. Most of the 21 participants were nominated by their National AIDS Authorities. The HIV Unit in the SADC Secretariat in Botswana is very supportive of this initiative and made a presentation on their work during the course.