The PACE project has three key components:

Pre-service component

The overall goal of PACE’s pre-service component is to review and strengthen HIV/AIDs training at Kenyan public universities responsible for the undergraduate training of doctors, clinical officers, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and technologist, nutritionists and public health officers. To do so, the project will strengthen the technical capacity of faculty by providing trainings in HIV medicine as well as in innovative teaching methodologies to promote effective learning - the benefits of which will be experienced beyond the scope of the HIV/AIDS subject.

The project will increase the quality of students contact with patients by developing focused HIV attachments, clinical skills labs, clinical mentorship sites and internship opportunities where a multi-disciplinary approach will be utilized in caring for the HIV infected patient.

Additional activities planned for institutions of higher learning are: improvements in HIV resource libraries for undergraduate students and faculty, the development of an electronic discussion forum which provides a platform for faculty from multiple disciplines to discuss challenging cases via the internet and review of pre-service HIV curricula to encapsulate the gaps in HIV training and practice as revealed in a HIV training needs assessment carried out by PACE in 2010/11.

In-service component

In response to the Ministry of Health (MOH) request and in a bid to address KNASP III 2009/10-2012-2013, PACE will strengthen the existing HIV curricula available for training of in-service health care workers in line with core competencies expected for each cadre of health worker – doctors, clinical officers, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and technologist, nutritionists and public health officers. These core competencies were developed by multiple stakeholders in pre-service and in-service institutions in 2010.

To achieve this, PACE in conjunction with NASCOP, MOH, MOPHS, and other partners is developing an all-encompassing modular training curriculum in HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment that caters for all levels of health care workers in the country. This curriculum will guide HIV training at regional/county training centers and health facilities. It is hoped that this curriculum will later be infused/adapted into public universities.

The in-service component of PACE will also develop mentorship activities within heath facilities. The mentorship package includes centralized facility-based training at the county level with follow-up on-site mentorship. Ultimately, linkages of the county mentors with provincial/national mentors will establish a sustainable national training/mentorship program that can be expanded to cater for health care issues other than HIV.

Laboratory Component

PACE in partnership with the National Public Health Laboratory Services (NPHLS) as well as the Association of Kenya Medical Scientists (AKMS) and the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) are working to ensure that laboratory pre- and in-service training reflects the Ministry of Health National Laboratory Guidelines and Strategy. PACE will also work with NASCOP to ensure that diagnostic and monitoring needs of patients with HIV are provided according to the KNASP III. Development of both the pre- and in-service laboratory curriculum will involve consultation with the KMLTTB through NPHLS and the ICC, which draws together all laboratory stakeholders in Kenya.