Continental Summits

PATA Continental Summits and Regional Forums are collaborative meetings of frontline healthcare providers and community health workers from multidisciplinary paediatric HIV treatment teams (each team consisting of a doctor, nurse, counsellor, pharmacist and community health worker). At each Summit/ Forum, teams come together to learn from the PATA academic community of experts and share best practice models. Key to the PATA Summit/ Forum process is knowledge translation, which allows teams to incorporate evidence-based information and examples of best practice into their own daily practice at facility level in such a way as to optimise treatment outcomes and benefit the healthcare system as a whole. The academic programme consists of didactic training on technical information, innovative care models, updates on guidelines and relevant case studies delivered by experts in the field. Subsequently, teams move into a series of highly interactive PATA workshops where they engage with the technical material to which they have just been exposed.

The programme is designed to provide all team members and professional groups with equal opportunities to contribute their viewpoints and experiences as individuals; and also to reflect on their performance as members of a healthcare delivery team. The vision of teamwork with equality is achieved through a series of parallel workshops in which participants first collaborate to complete a given task or answer a question as members of a specific profession, and then completed a second and related task or answer a related question in their original multidisciplinary team. Workshops are arranged in this way in order to provide all professions with the opportunity to develop a ‘strengthened voice’. The assumption underlying this design is that traditionally, the voices of some professionals in the healthcare team are muted and overpowered. In order to provide high-quality, holistic care, knowledge must be created and shared collectively.

This structured workshop process culminates in each team creating a PATA Team Grid, detailing 3-, 6- and 12-month quality improvement goals for their health facility. On this grid, teams record their selected indicators of success and the person responsible for the project/ goal.

PATA Continental Summits and Regional Forums have simultaneous English, French and/or Portuguese interpreting to enable the participation of Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone PATA teams from across the continent. Teams are expected to provide feedback to their own health facility as well as satellite and surrounding facilities in their home countries in order to facilitate dissemination and the spreading of good practice. This is referred to as the "PATA effect".

Continental Summits take place every three years and include 40 teams (200 frontline healthcare providers and community health workers) from across the 24 countries represented in the PATA network. Regional Forums take place in the intervening two years and include 20 teams (100 frontline healthcare workers and community health workers) from either the Southern or East African countries represented in the PATA network. 

PATA 2005 Continental Summit

PATA 2005 Continental Summit


PATA 2006 Continental Summit

PATA 2006 Continental Summit


PATA 2007 Continental Summit

PATA 2007 Continental Summit


PATA 2008 Continental Summit

PATA 2008 Continental Summit


PATA 2009 Southern Africa Regional Forum

PATA 2009 Southern Africa Regional Forum


PATA 2010 East Africa Regional Forum

PATA 2010 East Africa Regional Forum


PATA 2011 Continental Summit

PATA 2011 Continental Summit


PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum

PATA 2012 Southern Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum


PATA 2013 East African Regional Forum

PATA 2013 East African Regional Forum


PATA 2015 Continental Summit

PATA 2015 Continental Summit