ICAP Expands HIV Care and Treatment in Swaziland’s Correctional Facilities

February 2, 2015

In Swaziland, where 35 percent of the prison population is HIV-positive and the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) is twice that of the general population, TB/HIV services in correctional facilities is a critical public health intervention.

In 2009, with funding from PEPFAR through the CDC, ICAP began partnering with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to scale-up HIV care and treatment by expanding services from hospitals and health centers to clinics and local facilities. As part of these efforts, ICAP revised the Royal Swaziland Police’s policies and strategies, expanding HIV care and treatment to all three branches of the Uniformed Services, a special population comprised of the military, the defense force, and officers and inmates of correctional facilities.

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ICAP and the Swaziland National AIDS Program Convene 10th National HIV Semi-Annual Review

February 2, 2015

This past November, ICAP convened Swaziland’s 10th National HIV Semi-Annual Review (NaHSAR). It was an opportunity for the Swaziland National AIDS Program (SNAP), the Ministry of Health (MOH), PEPFAR, CDC, USAID, and implementing partners to reflect on five years of progress in HIV prevention, care and treatment. This review was a celebration of successes that have shaped HIV services in Swaziland, leading to, at 90 percent, one of the highest rates of HIV patient retention in care in the world.

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In Cote d’Ivoire, Community Health Workers Key to Linking Families to HIV Care and Treatment

January 30, 2015

At the Centre de Sante Urbain Zikisso, an ICAP-supported clinic in the rural town of Lakota, Cote d’Ivoire, a female patient receives HIV care and treatment services. Diagnosed with HIV four years earlier, the patient discontinued antiretroviral treatment believing she had been cured, and new to the area, she was reluctant to seek treatment once she became ill. Like many Ivoirians, several factors interrupted her care. HIV retention rates at health facilities in Cote d’Ivoire vary between 32 and 76 percent, well below the PEPFAR target. Her escort, Mr. Tagbo Gballo Felix, a community health worker (CHW), is part of ICAP’s effort to improve HIV treatment retention rates.

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