On November 11 and 12, ICAP Director Wafaa El-Sadr took part in Myanmar’s first major civil society dialogue about women, peace, security, and development. The National Women’s Dialogue was supported by USAID, the Civil Society Forum for Peace in Myanmar, the Gender Equality Network (GEN), and the Women’s Organizations Network (WON), in collaboration with Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Women’s Refugee Commission. This convening took place at an important moment as Myanmar launches its ten-year National Action Plan for the Advancement of Women.
Mornings are hectic in the antenatal clinic at the Siteki Public Health Unit (PHU), located in Swaziland’s rural Lubombo region. It does not take long for the benches outside the consultation rooms to fill, and when they do, pregnant women from surrounding areas find seats on the ground under an avocado tree while they wait to see a small group of dedicated health care providers. Though typical of many health facilities offering antenatal care in Swaziland, Siteki PHU was selected as one of ten sites to take part in ICAP’s implementation science research study “Situkulwane Lesiphephile—Safe Generations.”
In October, ICAP’s annual leadership meeting brought ICAP directors from ICAP 16 countries to New York City
View photos from the symposium and download posters.
Public health professionals from seven countries complete ICAP’s health systems strengthening course
In September, 40 health policy managers and administrators from seven sub-Saharan countries completed ICAP’s Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) course. This training program, now in its second year, was developed by ICAP with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to enhance the capacity of US government field staff and partners to design, oversee and monitor health systems strengthening efforts, an important focus of PEPFAR’s work.
High numbers of people with HIV and poor access to maternity services have led Lesotho to suffer one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, at 620 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, twice the global average.
In this video spotlight, Adeline Chabela, NEPI Nurse Advisor with ICAP in Lesotho, talks about reducing maternal mortality by increasing the number of qualified nurses and midwives serving in rural areas.
ICAP convened a group of leading HIV researchers for a special symposium on October 10 to discuss current opportunities and challenges in HIV prevention and to launch a supplement of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS), which looks at state of the art HIV prevention. ICAP Director, Wafaa El-Sadr and invited symposium co-chair Myron Cohen, Director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease at UNC Chapel Hill, were among the four guest editors for this special supplement.