ICEHA sends experienced healthcare workers on a volunteer basis to developing countries to provide hands-on training and coaching about HIV care and ART. ICEHA clinical mentors do not provide direct patient care; instead, they transfer their practical expertise in HIV care to local colleagues and help set up operational systems in clinics. Our mission is to ensure that local health workers are able to deliver the best HIV care possible within existing resource limitations and local HIV prevention and treatment guidelines. If you would be interested in receiving clinical mentor volunteers from ICEHA, please read the following information and submit an application for assistance by clicking on the link above.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What type of clinical mentor volunteers are available through ICEHA?
ICEHA’s network of clinical mentor volunteers includes over 750 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers or counselors. Our clinical mentors typically have 5-10 years experience providing clinical care to HIV-infected patients, with a large percentage having over 10+ years experience.
How long do ICEHA clinical mentors volunteer for?
Clinical mentor volunteers are available for 6-12 week assignments in developing countries.
Which HIV curriculum does ICEHA use?
ICEHA does not use a Western HIV curriculum. Instead, we work within the National HIV Guidelines that each country has developed based on the resources and medications available in their country. Before going on assignment, we will provide the mentors with these guidelines to study so they are prepared to conduct mentoring within the local context.
How does ICEHA screen and prepare clinical mentor volunteers?
To ensure the quality of the clinical mentors, ICEHA conducts a rigorous screening and preparation process. Our screening process includes an application, letters of reference, interview, and a background check. In addition, all clinical mentors must attend ICEHA’s preparatory workshop on how to be a successful HIV/AIDS clinical mentor in a resource-poor setting. Finally, before an assignment, mentors also receive and study the national HIV guidelines and curricula being used in their assigned country.
How do we request clinical mentor volunteers from ICEHA?
First, please review the steps involved in partnering with ICEHA by clicking here . Then, you can fill out an online application by clicking here . If you have additional questions, please email Katie Graves-Abe, Director of Operations, at .