Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis are more than twice as common among people living with HIV than in patients with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes. In Ethiopia, ICAP has partnered with the Federal Ministry of Health to develop and roll-out a new, integrated model of mental health care for people living with HIV.
ICAP launched its HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) with a three-day gathering held March 26-28 in Durban, South Africa. Nearly 60 participants from nine countries assembled to launch the new learning network, which aims to advance the implementation of differentiated care for people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
The World Health Organization has just published its first list of priority pathogens, drawing attention to the rising global threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria, also called superbugs. “The emergence and spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria is a serious global health challenge,” explains Dr. Miriam Rabkin, director for health systems strategies at ICAP. “The concern is that if these multi-drug resistant organisms continue to spread, we will run out of working antibiotics. It’s a terrifying scenario.”
This World TB Day, ICAP and its partners around the world are rallying behind the global campaign to “Unite to End TB.” The World Health Organization has called for a special focus on uniting efforts to leave no one behind, a theme exemplified by ICAP’s work to make TB and HIV services accessible to Lesotho’s hard-to-reach migrant miners.
ICAP researchers collaborated with the Eastern Cape Department of Health in South Africa in the assessment of the role of community health workers in the Re-engineering Primary Health Care Initiative, a national effort to decentralize primary health services to the community level. Findings of the study were recently published online in the journal PLoS ONE.
The first Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) survey results, released in late 2016, demonstrate the remarkable progress that has been made confronting the HIV epidemic in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The survey results also provide some of the first national HIV incidence estimates based on household-level data collected in these countries. The importance of this type of data and the feasibility of conducting such studies was first demonstrated by an earlier project, the 2011 Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS), the results of which were recently published in The Lancet HIV.