When Ms. Ada Takele began working as laboratory head at Boneya Health Center in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, the lab had no microscope, and laboratory supplies were limited. This was not an isolated situation six years ago. Many health centers, hospitals and regional reference laboratories lacked adequate equipment and supplies, and there were no standardized national training programs for laboratory professionals, consequently limiting confidence in laboratory results. Since then, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and ICAP have worked together to make significant progress in confronting malaria, the country’s leading communicable disease.
With more than 1.5 million people living with HIV, Kenya has one of the largest HIV populations in the world. Also, with over 13,000 new infant HIV infections each year, Kenya accounts for more than four percent of new pediatric infections worldwide, annually. Despite the scale up of HIV care and treatment in Kenya, a shortage of physicians has proven a major obstacle to improving access to care and timely initiation of antiretroviral treatment (ART).
ICAP directors Drs. Wafaa El-Sadr and Miriam Rabkin, and Mailman School of Public Health colleague Professor Lynn Freedman led, gave a panel discussion at Istanbul University on displaced populations, gender rights, and public health.
Every March 24, on World TB Day, the world recommits to the global effort to “reach, treat, and cure” all cases of tuberculosis (TB). Since 2004, ICAP has made a significant impact on TB through initiatives to improve case detection and treatment adherence; combat stigma and discrimination; empower health workers; and build strong partnerships with governments to scale up treatment and prevention programs.
When traditional leaders attended an ICAP-supported gay pride parade in Moletsi, Limpopo this past October, it marked an important moment for one of South Africa’s most religious districts, and perhaps a sign that the traditionalist stance against same-sex sexual behavior is waning.
Through the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative, ICAP and its partners in six sub-Saharan African countries that face critical shortages in human resources for health, have graduated over 6,200 nursing and midwifery students and trained almost 1,600 faculty, mentors, and nursing administrators.