A World AIDS Day Q & A with Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr

November 26, 2014

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.

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Engage4Health Study Accelerates ART Initiation

November 26, 2014

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.

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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ICAP makes strides in testing and treatment

November 26, 2014

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.

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Building a Public Health Response to Ebola

October 31, 2014

Amidst growing concern about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP, moderated a symposium at the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) entitled “Confronting Ebola: Crafting a public health response”. To date, more than 10,000 individuals have been diagnosed and close to 5,000 have died from Ebola virus disease (EVD). The symposium was part of an effort taking place across Columbia University to disseminate accurate information about the disease, to mobilize resources and leadership in order to confront this public health threat.

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ICAP to lead large population-based HIV surveys in 20 African countries

October 21, 2014

ICAP at Columbia University has received $25 million in the first year of a $125 million, five-year award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct national, population-based HIV impact assessments (PHIAs) in 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. These surveys will provide critical information on the state of the HIV epidemic in these countries and help shape policies and programs to confront the epidemic. The findings may also help inform global funding priorities.

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