ICAP has received a research grant from the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The one-year award is the first of the Lerner Center’s Innovation grants, which pair MSPH faculty with faculty from other schools at Columbia to facilitate research that advances original public health communication solutions.
An ICAP team conducted a three-week, rapid assessment of Ebola community care centers (CCCs), a new model of care that aims to break the cycle of household transmission of the Ebola virus.
With funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), ICAP team members visited 11 sites across six districts—Bo, Bombali, Kambia, Koinadugu, Port Loko, and Western Area—to assess the safety, effectiveness, acceptability, and operational feasibility of these centers, where patients with symptoms suggestive of Ebola receive care and support as they await diagnosis and transfer to Ebola treatment units or referral for other medical services.
ICAP at Columbia University will conduct a rapid, real-time evaluation of Ebola community care centers (CCCs) in Sierra Leone with funding support from UK Department of International Development (DFID).
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “closing the gap”—getting more people tested and on HIV treatment. What are some of the challenges to realizing these goals? How is ICAP helping to close these gaps?
While great progress has been achieved in both HIV prevention and treatment globally, we have a long way to go. Expansion of testing and treatment for those found to be HIV-infected is a key global priority. Without people knowing their status and taking appropriate action, whether they are HIV-negative or HIV-positive, we will not be able to see the fruit of the efforts.
At the Bagamoio Health Center, in a bustling neighborhood of Maputo, Mozambique, patients seeking HIV care are lined up hours before their appointments and nurses and counselors see a constant stream of patients throughout the day. While the patient load remains steady, services have undergone a transformation to streamline HIV care. Patients diagnosed with HIV at Bagamoio now receive services designed to accelerate patient initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Bagamoio is one of ten clinics selected to participate in ICAP’s Engage4Health study, an implementation science research initiative, supported by USAID.
ICAP has been working with the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 2010 to expand the quality, availability, and integration of HIV services for individuals and families. As part of this comprehensive HIV care and treatment project, ICAP works in Kinshasa and Katanga provinces to strengthen the service capacity at each level of the health care system. As a result of an extensive network of ICAP-supported hospitals, laboratories, and local clinics, over 500,000 people have received HIV testing and learned their status in DRC over the last four years.