ICAP Nursing E-Learning Platform
CTL is partnering with ICAP to create a group of courses addressing health disparities in low resource settings. The first offering, Option B+, is a self-paced course for nursing students in schools across Africa. This flagship course is called Option B+ after the 2013 World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). WHO now recommends that all pregnant and nursing mothers who test positive for HIV be initiated on lifelong antiretroviral treatment. The Option B+ course teaches the skills and protocols necessary to implement Option B+ including ARV dosing for infants, supporting ART adherence for adults and monitoring the retention of patients in care. More nurses and midwives entering the workforce with training in Option B+ will accelerate and improve global efforts to prevent PMTCT and keep mothers and infants healthy.
Option B+ is free and open to the world. It was developed with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Sign up for an account here: https://elearning.icap.columbia.edu/
A 2017 course on Pediatric Nursing for Children living with HIV and other future courses will be released in EdX.