October 3, 2005
-- Two of the premier professional associations representing physicians and nurses engaged in HIV/AIDS care -- the Chicago-based International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) and the Akron, Ohio-based Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) -- today announced the signing of an agreement to join forces in providing education to and supporting the work of their respective constituencies worldwide.
In the past two years, IAPAC has expanded its efforts to deliver medical education to a wide array of health care professionals, including nurses. According to IAPAC Vice President of Education, Brian M. Hujdich, "it was only natural that IAPAC partner with ANAC to assist healthcare providers in working closely with each other to address patient needs as effectively as possible."
ANAC implements educational programs and initiatives on a variety of HIV-related topics. ANAC Executive Director Adele Webb said "this partnership affords us the opportunity to work more closely with physicians in enhancing our educational offerings."
The agreement covers a variety of activities, such as development of co-branded medical education materials for various health professionals and people living with HIV/AIDS, and support of efforts to twin HIV/AIDS-treating physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals from throughout the United States with counterparts in various regions of the developing world, with special emphasis on the African continent.
IAPAC President/CEO, José M. Zuniga, cited the partnership agreement with ANAC as part of an ongoing effort to expand the associations reach without creating vertical programs that detract from global efforts. "In partnership with like-minded associations such as ANAC, IAPAC is better able to fulfill its mission," Zuniga said. "Nurses are at the front-lines of HIV/AIDS care worldwide and, thus, represent a natural and strategic ally."
In 2005, IAPAC has signed partnership agreements with groups such as the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), National Institute for Community Development and Management (NICDAM), and Southern Africa HIV Clinicians Society (SAHIVS). Hujdich explained that several more partnership agreements are currently in negotiation with various other domestic and international institutions.
Founded in 1995, IAPAC is a non-profit medical association with more than 12,800 members in 103 countries. IAPACs mission is to improve the quality of care provided to men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, which is advanced through medical and patient education, technical assistance initiatives, and public policy advocacy.
Founded in 1987, ANAC is a non-profit association whose mission is to address the specific needs of nurses working in HIV/AIDS care and promote the individual and collective professional development of nurses involved in the delivery of healthcare to persons infected or affected by HIV.