Pharmacy Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Treatment (PIMART) online course
Become an HIV Prevention and Treatment Prescriber
Great news! Pharmacists will soon be able to prescribe antiretroviral medication, including PrEP, PEP and first-line ARVs. The USAID-funded Expanding PrEP/ART Innovation Consortium (EPIC) programme, led by the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS), aims to increase access to HIV prevention, treatment and care by employing healthcare service opportunities available in pharmacies.
How to become an HIV treatment prescriber
Candidates must complete the Pharmacy Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Treatment (PIMART) online course.
The course is the first step to becoming a prescriber of anti-retroviral therapy to your clients.
The aim of this course is to provide pharmacists and pharmacy nurses with up-to-date HIV treatment knowledge regarding the management and referral of HIV positive and negative patients. Course contributors include South Africa's leading HIV management experts.
Who should enrol?
Pharmacists and pharmacy-based nurses
About the course
- Easy-to-use digital blended learning platform
- 24 CPD points
- Free clinical resources and campaign materials
- Study anywhere, anytime on any device
- Free access to a world class disease management and referral system
- Free access to Vula Mobile, a medical referral app that makes it easy for pharmacists, GPs and primary healthcare workers to get advice from specialists.
Registrations are now open
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on cost and how to register.
Why are we expanding HIV treatment services to pharmacies?
Pharmacies allow for easier access
Pharmacies are open after hours and on weekends. Pharmacy environments are not stigmatising, and service many customers with different needs, allowing clients to remain relatively anonymous. We believe that this initiative will close a large gap in the fight against HIV and expand access to the hard-to-reach populations of adolescent girls & young women, and men.
Promotion of linkage to HIV related care
The EPIC programme effectively promotes linkage to HIV related care. The programme structure creates high contact points with members of the public for HIV testing, emergency contraception, family planning and sexual health-related services.
Patients who test positive for HIV can be initiated onto first-line treatment. Those who test negative can consider being initiated onto PrEP.
How will this benefit your pharmacy?
- Pharmacists can effectively contribute to ending the high burden of HIV in South Africa.
- Appropriate support and marketing tools will ensure success in this programme.