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ICAP has launched a new boat that will transport health workers to offer HIV services to 38,000 people on five of the 23 islands on Tanzania’s Lake Victoria.
Representatives from the Ministry of Health (MOH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and regional health officials joined community members for the launch celebration.
In Swaziland, where 35 percent of the prison population is HIV-positive and the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) is twice that of the general population, TB/HIV services in correctional facilities is a critical public health intervention.
In 2009, with funding from PEPFAR through the CDC, ICAP began partnering with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to scale-up HIV care and treatment by expanding services from hospitals and health centers to clinics and local facilities. As part of these efforts, ICAP revised the Royal Swaziland Police’s policies and strategies, expanding HIV care and treatment to all three branches of the Uniformed Services, a special population comprised of the military, the defense force, and officers and inmates of correctional facilities.
This past November, ICAP convened Swaziland’s 10th National HIV Semi-Annual Review (NaHSAR). It was an opportunity for the Swaziland National AIDS Program (SNAP), the Ministry of Health (MOH), PEPFAR, CDC, USAID, and implementing partners to reflect on five years of progress in HIV prevention, care and treatment. This review was a celebration of successes that have shaped HIV services in Swaziland, leading to, at 90 percent, one of the highest rates of HIV patient retention in care in the world.
At the Centre de Sante Urbain Zikisso, an ICAP-supported clinic in the rural town of Lakota, Cote d’Ivoire, a female patient receives HIV care and treatment services. Diagnosed with HIV four years earlier, the patient discontinued antiretroviral treatment believing she had been cured, and new to the area, she was reluctant to seek treatment once she became ill. Like many Ivoirians, several factors interrupted her care. HIV retention rates at health facilities in Cote d’Ivoire vary between 32 and 76 percent, well below the PEPFAR target. Her escort, Mr. Tagbo Gballo Felix, a community health worker (CHW), is part of ICAP’s effort to improve HIV treatment retention rates.
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.