Improving Health Services for Victims of Gender-based Violence in Mozambique

July 1, 2016

In Mozambique, where the HIV prevalence rate is more than 11 percent, women are even more likely to be affected. They often face a number of cultural, social, and economic barriers to HIV prevention, care, and treatment. Gender-based violence is among these barriers. Gender-based violence (GBV), which sometimes includes sexual violence, fosters the spread of HIV by limiting one’s ability to negotiate safe sex, disclose HIV status, and access adequate health services for fear of retaliation.

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Next Generation Fellows Travel Abroad to Conduct Global Health Research

June 16, 2016

Ten Next Generation Fellows from Columbia College, Barnard College, Hunter College, and the Mailman School of Public Health are heading abroad to spend two months working on mentored research projects in Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and Swaziland as part of ICAP’s Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) fellowship.

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Improving Malaria Diagnosis through On-Site Quality Control of Blood Slides

June 7, 2016

Accurate early diagnosis and prompt treatment of malaria is among the core strategies used to prevent and control malaria. When patients visit health centers or hospitals for malaria care, a lab technician collects blood from the patient and examines it for the presence of malaria parasites. To ensure the reliability of the test, the slides are collected from health facilities and labs and verified by external laboratory personnel to ensure patients are receiving the right diagnosis and treatment. In Ethiopia, where there are just a handful of expert malaria microscopy readers, the regional reference laboratories are not adequately staffed to handle the high number of slides regularly collected from facilities for quality control and this adversely affects malaria diagnosis and patient care.

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Mentoring Kenyan Public Health Practitioners on Caring for People Who Inject Drugs

June 1, 2016

This past month, ICAP welcomed a group of public health experts from Kenya to participate in a week-long intensive mentorship exchange on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs for people who inject drugs (PWID). The learning exchange precedes the launch of the first MAT program at Jaramongi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTH), an ICAP-supported hospital in Kisumu, Kenya.

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