The AIDS Treatment Information Centre (ATIC)/Learning Innovations Centre (LIC)

The AIDS Treatment Information Centre (ATIC) is a free call-in resource under the Training Department of IDI. It was established in 2004 to respond to the knowledge and skill gaps amongst health care workers in the management of HIV disease during the roll out of antiretroviral drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The centre has continued to provide up to date relevant information in the management of HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases. ATIC strives at ensuring correct, safe, effective and rational use of medicines.

ATIC is run by a team that includes a pharmacist, a doctor, and a research and communications officer. ATIC receives support from various experts affiliated with IDI. Since its inception, ATIC has responded to over 20,000 queries from healthcare workers across the country and from different parts of Africa. The queries coming into ATIC concern a variety of aspects of patient care including:

  • Clinical case management including the interpretation of laboratory results and patient referrals
  • Drug information including drug dosing, drug availability and/or cost, drug-drug interactions, adverse drug reactions areas, and other information

The Ministry of Health, Uganda mandated ATIC as the national centre to advise on switching Anti-Retroviral Therapy regimens.

Over the past one and half years, ATIC has transformed into the Learning Innovations Center (LIC), reflecting its new role of identifying innovative ways to provide continuous medical education through training and post-training follow-up support with minimal disruption to the routine health workers’ work schedule. The LIC now hosts the Virtual Learning Environment of the institute, building online courses and piloting blended learning in the training department.

ATIC continues its core function as the advisory and mentoring hotline for health workers across the country via its toll free line 0800200055 and email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and has continued to produce relevant Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials including a quarterly newsletter.