ViiV Healthcare Scholarships for HIV Projects

Ricardo Moreno, CEO of ViiV Healthcare Spain.

ViiV Healthcare New launch Call for ViiV Grant “Optimal Model of Care for HIV Patients”. As in previous editions, its goal is to stimulate the design and implementation of Projects that contribute to the implementation of a new healthcare model that respond to the current and future needs of people living with HIV. In this 4th edition, the ViiV Scholarships will be A gift of 160 thousand euros For distribution among the selected projects. Project submission period will be openUntil June 24, 2022.

The call for a ViiV scholarship is part of the Interdisciplinary National Policy Project, which is being promoted by GeSIDA, Seisida and ViiV Healthcare. Since its establishment in 2019, These grants funded 11 projects. Its origin lies in the need to adapt the acute care prototype for people living with HIV to the current chronology of infection, since People living with HIV currently live longer and face a higher risk of developing comorbiditiesWhich in turn has given rise to new regulatory and healthcare challenges.

in words Jose MartinM., Medical Director of ViiV Healthcare in Spain and Portugal and Member of the Scientific Committee for ViiV Scholarships, “We believe it is imperative that the health system be able to respond to these new challenges faced by people living with HIV. Therefore, our bet is Financing the projects of the agents concerned with their care and interestFrom health professionals to patient associations. Groups who in previous editions of the scholarship have shown us their commitment and ability to innovate.”

Submitted proposals must address at least two of the six core components of “The optimal model of care for patients with HIV infection”Health care, care delivery, clinical decision making, clinical information systems, self-care support, and community resources. In line with the goals set by the National Policy Project, the ultimate objective of the ViiV Scholarships is to improve the health and quality of life of people living with HIV, as well as to increase efficiency in service delivery and encourage the exchange of good practices among various health agents. The beneficiaries of this innovation are 151,387 people currently estimated to be living with HIV in Spain..


The importance of interdisciplinarity in responding to HIV

Interdisciplinaryness is one of the most relevant aspects in evaluating innovative projects nominated for the ViiV Scholarships. As he explains it Maria Jose FosterExecutive Director of Seisida and member of the Scientific Scholarship Committee, “We need health professionals trained to intervene in a multidisciplinary manner and for this their specialization in the most social components of infection is essential, which means taking into account aspects such as Discrimination and stigma in HIV diagnosis and follow-upThis affects quality of life and adherence to treatment. This is one of the aspects in which we seek to innovate and change the model of care.”

In this sense, the “optimal model of HIV care” has shown that improving health outcomes depends not only on quality diagnoses and treatments, but also on the way multidisciplinary care is organized and managed.

At the same time, while evaluating projects, the potential impact of the initiative in terms of quality of life, as well as its feasibility and reproducibility, is also taken into account, so that these ideas can be implemented in a profitable way and can easily be extended to other regions, services, hospitals and institutions. As Santiago Moreno, Coordinator of the Scientific Committee and Head of the Infectious Diseases Service at the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid, notes, “The joint work will gradually lead us to Implement a new, more proactive modelintegrated, coordinated and focused on the needs of people with chronic diseases. ”

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