Malaria is the leading cause of outpatient visits in Ethiopia and a particularly deadly disease for children under five years of age and pregnant women. At health facilities across the country, the quality of laboratory microscopy has been a longstanding challenge, often leading to overuse of antimalarial drugs in some situations and delay in specific treatment for other causes of fever. In partnership with the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), ICAP is strengthening laboratory diagnostic capacity and malaria case management at the national, regional and health facility levels.
Each March, World TB Day raises awareness for the global effort to prevent, find, treat and cure all cases of tuberculosis (TB). This is challenging in the pediatric population because TB in children is particularly difficult to diagnose and manage due to factors such as non-specific symptoms and a lack of appropriate pediatric diagnostic tests.
The ICAP Global Nurse Capacity Building Program (GNCBP), with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through HRSA, has developed an HIV mentorship curriculum to train Kenyan nurses as mentors in preparation for their expanding role in HIV care and treatment.
At this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, ICAP presented research on HIV related topics from its work in Kenya, Swaziland, Rwanda, South Africa and elsewhere.
Journal Club is designed to inform ICAP staff and colleagues of the latest scientific literature by providing a succinct summary and critical analysis of important studies, and by discussing the implications of the research on clinical work.
Since December 2013, when conflict broke out in South Sudan, ICAP has worked tirelessly to sustain efforts for the provision of HIV care and treatment services nationwide and support uninterrupted access to antiretrovirals for HIV patients.