Nurses are Key to Reaching Global HIV Goals

August 26, 2014

ICAP recently celebrated major milestones in its support of HIV prevention, care and treatment programs around the world. Through ICAP support, over 1 million people have received access to live-saving treatment and grown to support over 3,380 sites. Key to reaching global HIV treatment goals is the need for an expanded clinical role for nurses and midwives, including initiating and managing patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART), in countries that face a shortage of health care workers. New ambitious treatment goals for adults and children as well as for the scale-up of the Option B+ for PMTCT compel the need to continue pre-service and in-service education, training and mentorship for the nursing workforce.

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Published in Academic Medicine, ICAP on NEPI’s Approach to Nursing Education

August 15, 2014

U.S. government programs have recently received attention in mainstream media for efforts to address healthcare worker shortages in sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening medical education. ICAP is pleased to be implementing similar programs that aim specifically to increase capacity for nursing and midwifery institutions in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia.

ICAP’s regional nurse advisor, Dr. Lyn Middleton and Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, ICAP director, recently co-authored an article with funding partner HRSA on the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative in this month’s issue of Academic Medicine.

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New Data-Driven Website Debuts for Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS)

July 31, 2014

With PEPFAR support through the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ICAP has launched a new data-driven website dedicated to the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS). Initiated by the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland’s Ministry of Health, SHIMS was supported by PEPFAR and implemented by ICAP in 2010-2011. The first nationally representative, population-based survey of its kind, SHIMS measured HIV incidence through direct observations of new infections.

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An ICAP milestone—supporting over 1 million people in accessing HIV treatment

July 16, 2014

Today we recognize an important milestone. Over 1 million persons living with HIV have initiated life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) through ICAP-supported programs. After a decade of work in partnership with governmental, non-governmental and community-based organizations around the world and with support from PEPFAR and other funders, this milestone is an important step on the path to confronting the global HIV epidemic.

Since beginning its first multi-country HIV treatment initiative in 2003, ICAP has grown to support over 3,380 sites across sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Southern Asia. In the past year alone, ICAP expanded support to 320 additional health facilities with the most substantial increases in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Cote d’Ivoire.

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