Dr. Prisca Kasonde has been appointed as country director for ICAP in Zambia. Heading up a team in-country, she will oversee ICAP’s portfolio of work. Dr. Kasonde brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She will leverage her expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, STIs, reproductive health, obstetrics and gynecology, and health systems strengthening to advance the work of ICAP and its local partners in Zambia.
ICAP’s Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP) recently held end-of-project celebrations in South Africa and Ethiopia to commemorate each country’s participation in the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI). NEPI is a sub-project of the GNCBP, which launched in 2011 with the goal of increasing the number and capacity of trained nurses in sub-Saharan Africa. From 2012 to 2017, more than 12,690 workforce-ready students graduated from NEPI-enhanced programs across six countries and 22 nursing schools.
With world leaders gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly, ICAP at Columbia University—in partnership with PEPFAR and CDC—announced new data on the state of HIV epidemics in Lesotho and Uganda. The data, derived from Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) surveys, show remarkable progress in Lesotho and a stabilization of Uganda’s previously expanding epidemic.
The Swaziland Health Research Training Program (HRTP) is in its fifth year, having launched in 2013 with support from CDC through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). To date, 30 fellows have benefited from the HRTP, and 10 new fellows are embarking on their journey toward excellence in research design, implementation, and publication.
ICAP’s expanded partnership with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health will improve the use of health information systems—including electronic medical records—throughout the country, with robust systems to support clinical decision-making, PEPFAR reporting, and evidence-based program design.
Viral Load Toolkit Empowers Health Care Providers to Improve Patient Understanding and Treatment Adherence
ICAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a Viral Load Toolkit for health care providers working with people living with HIV (PLHIV). This package contains a variety of tools and job aids to promote treatment adherence and regular viral load testing, including printable flipcharts to guide conversation during patient visits. The toolkit also includes a training curriculum and is currently available in English, with translations coming soon in French, Portuguese, and Swahili; adult and adolescent flipcharts will also be available in Russian.