Regional AIDS Training Center and Network for India (RATNEI) Program

The Regional AIDS Training Center & Network for India (RATNEI) program provides advanced training and capacity development for local health care workers, including doctors, nurses and community health practitioners, in HIV/AIDS treatment care and support. Experts from leading health institutions in the United States and India provide specialized training sessions in various topics related to HIV/AIDS in order to slow the spread of the HIV epidemic in India.

Six over-arching topics are covered in our RATNEI program, each are administered over a 5 day, 40 hour training course once a month. The following are the topics covered:
•Planning Management and Evaluation
•Health Promotion and Social Marketing
•HIV Prevention, Treatment and Support
•HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Lab Services
•Advocacy, Activism and Human Rights
•HIV/AIDS Antiretroviral Therapy

Bihar Health Minister with President of IHO, Bikash Verma, at a Press Conference for RATNEI

Goals of the RATNEI Program:
•Training medical officers and para-medical workers of Primary Health Centers and Community Health Centers in India in HIV detection and prevention and in the management of AIDS-related illnesses.
•Training national and state-level administrative personnel to manage HIV/AIDS program
•Training laboratory personnel who provide support for HIV/AIDS programs.
•Training AIDS workers and experts from NGOs, media, communities, human rights organizations, and women’s welfare organizations and shelters.
•Training to expand the knowledge base and increase the clinical, communication, interpersonal and technical skills of healthcare workers.
•Training for the flexibility to adapt to changing needs and circumstances.
•Educating the general public to improve knowledge of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, encourage safer behavior and reduce the stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV/AIDS.
•RATNEI’s AIDS prevention programs effectively build awareness and bring about behavior modification in the at-risk public because they are sensitive to local culture.

RATNEI in its 3rd Year:

The third round of RATNEI trainings began in January 2007, and we are expecting an even more successful year in terms of participation. IHO-RATNEI program has truly established itself as a center of HIV/AIDS training and education within the region and is involved with many other state and grassroots level organizations also working in this area. RATNEI has firmly brought together AIDS experts, to collaborate and effectively address the issue of HIV/AIDS in the region. Even more importantly, the multiple level approach of trainings (advanced for health professionals and grassroots level for the community) is effectively disseminating crucial HIV/AIDS information into all sectors of society. During this round of trainings, we are hoping to grow in our networking portion, follow-up and retraining of previous trainees, and continue to expand our programs into other areas of the region.

For a pdf copy of the RATNEI annual report, please click one of the following:

•First Year RATNEI Report(2004-2005)
•Second Year RATNEI Report (2005-2006)
•Third Year RATNEI Report (2006-2007)pdf

If you would like a hard copy of one of the reports mailed to you, please contact administrator (administrator@ihoindia.org).

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RATNEI Training Registration Form

RATNEI Faculty Guide: (for prospective faculty)
United States version
Indian version

For questions on specific modules, participant requirements, or becoming an India or U.S. faculty member and answers to other questions, please contact the administrator (administrator@ihousa.org).

2004 RATNEI Pictures

2005 RATNEI Picture

2006 RATNEI Pictures

2007 RATNEI Pictures

RATNEI News Clippings