View the 2008 update of the Generic Training Package
The original WHO and CDC PMTCT Generic Training Package (GTP) was created in 2004 and updated in early 2008. The GTP is a comprehensive, evidence-based course developed for implementation in resource-limited settings. It was designed to be adapted at the country or regional level to meet participant learning needs, and reflect national policy and local context.
The process of adapting the curriculum for country use facilitates stakeholder input and provides a context for reviewing existing materials (policies, procedures, and curricula) in light of current science and evidence-based practice. It also provides a framework for updating existing policy, developing materials where needed, and considering the implications of implementing PMTCT services in a range of clinical settings. This curriculum is a mechanism for developing and sustaining human capacity building for PMTCT programmes.
The two-year process of updating the GTP was informed by more than 75 resource documents, at least 17 of which are key WHO guidelines or recommendations documents on topics ranging from maternal and newborn health, care and treatment of HIV disease, infant feeding (including safe preparation, storage and handling of powdered infant formula), testing and counselling, and hand hygiene. The content in the updated GTP was also informed by country adaptations undertaken from 2004 to 2007. The updated document includes detailed instructions for trainers, including answers to case studies and other exercises.
2004 GTP and Translations
The 2004 version of the GTP is still available in