Key findings from the second Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey, SHIMS2, reveal impressive progress in confronting the HIV epidemic in the country. Results show a doubling in population viral load suppression since 2011 and a decrease by nearly half in the rate of new HIV infections.The data come from one of the population-based HIV impact assessment (PHIA) surveys led by the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland (GKoS) through the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Central Statistical Office (CSO). The survey (SHIMS2) was implemented by ICAP at Columbia University and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Join ICAP IAS2017 in Paris. Our presentations include a plenary by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, several key satellite sessions, and the release of some groundbreaking news. View the full schedule here. We look forward to seeing you there!
ICAP Works to Prevent New HIV Infections in Mozambique by Supporting Expansion of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
With support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ICAP is providing comprehensive assistance to rapidly scale up VMMC in Zambézia, Mozambique’s second most populous province and home to just over 40 percent of all people living with HIV in the country. Since 2013, when the effort began, ICAP has supported conduct of VMMC for more than 151,000 men and boys.
Malawi Shares Innovations in Adolescent Differentiated Care During CQUIN’s First South-to-South Learning Visit
In June 2017, two representatives of Swaziland’s National AIDS Program (SNAP) visited teen clubs in Mangochi and Balaka, Malawi as part of a south-to-south learning visit facilitated by ICAP at Columbia University via its CQUIN learning network for differentiated care. At CQUIN’s multi-country launch meeting in March 2017, the contrast was noted between teen clubs in Malawi and Swaziland, where the model had focused largely on provision of psychosocial support, rather than integrating ART refills and viral load monitoring. A conversation between the two Ministries, facilitated by CQUIN leadership, quickly led to a learning visit—an opportunity for Swaziland to learn from Malawi about best practices in differentiated service delivery for adolescents.
Study Finds Financial Incentives Can Enhance Viral Suppression Among HIV-Positive People in the U.S.
JAMA Internal Medicine published the results of a study led by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP and professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, which shows that the use of gift cards as a financial incentive significantly increased viral suppression and clinic attendance among HIV-positive patients.
US Ambassador Meets ICAP’s Health Ambassadors and Learns How Young Women Are Being Empowered to Fight HIV in Tanzania
Out of every four adolescents newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, three are young women. In Tanzania, ICAP is scaling up a project called FIKIA that seeks to change this statistic. The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. embassy in Tanzania, Acting Ambassador Virginia Blaser, recently paid the project a visit and met a group of the young women dedicating themselves to preventing new HIV infections in Mwanza, a region bordering on Lake Victoria in the far north of the country.