Training and mentoring of local professionals is required at primary health centres until such time as the local staff is fully capacitated to care and treat children without outside assistance. Tools for providing clinical mentorship are below:

Reference Manual

These materials can be bound into a single guide (Reference Guide) and individual components can be posted as job aides.

Checklists for Care

These list the basic elements of routine visits for exposed infants, infected children not yet on ART, and children on ART.

Clinical Documentation and Decision-Making Tools

  • Initial Intake Form (2-sided)
    The nurse or clinician (mentee) fills this out for each new patient visit. Follow the instructions on the back to determine WHO clinical stage, ART eligibility by CD4, etc. At the bottom of the front page the user is prompted to indicate major clinical decision points: whether the child is infected or exposed, and whether the child qualifies for ART and why.
  • Exposed Infant Follow-up Form
    If an infant is determined to be exposed and not eligible for ART at this time, the nurse or clinician should fill in this form. It is used each month that the infant returns for follow-up visits. This form is used until the infant's status is known (as indicated at the bottom of the form).
  • Pediatric Mastercard
    If a child is determined to be infected but not yet eligible for ART, this form is started. One row of the table is filled in at each follow-up visit until the child starts ART. Once a child starts ART, the national form used for documenting ART patient care may be used.
  • Pediatric HIV Consultation Form
    This is used to document clinical consultations on difficult cases.