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Official Launch of the Trinidad & Tobago Training Centre (TTTC)
On Friday, June 22, 2007 the formal launch of the Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) Training Centre took place with much fanfare at the UWI Tele-Health Centre located in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mount Hope, part of the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies. The launch was a virtual event where persons from Barbados, Jamaica and Seattle (USA) and in other areas in T&T such as San Fernando and Point Fortin were able to witness this inaugural occasion via teleconferencing.
According to the National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS launched in March 2004, the Ministry of Health of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) is responsible for developing and managing care and treatment programmes for persons living with HIV infection and its complications. An essential aspect of this programme is the acceleration of training for healthcare providers which Trinidad and Tobago needed to address. Senior health officials acknowledged the lack of a systematic approach to HIV/AIDS-related training to date, and welcomed the recommendation for the establishment of a Trinidad & Tobago Training Centre. After extensive consultation with the key national, regional and international agencies, there was consensus that the timing was right for the adoption of a more structured and systematic approach to HIV and AIDS as well as other health related training for healthcare workers and that a training centre should be instituted in Trinidad and Tobago.