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ICAP Receives Award to Strengthen HIV Services at a National Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya
ICAP has received funding from PEPFAR through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to partner with the Ministry of Health in Kenya to build the capacity of health facilities to provide state of the art services for all people living with HIV.
During this five-year project, ICAP will collaborate with the Kisumu County Health Management Team and Jaromogi Oginga Odinga Referral and Teaching Hospital (JOORTH) to establish a Center of Excellence (COE), providing high quality HIV care and serving as a model center for the management of complex and advanced HIV disease and related conditions.
Building on ICAP’s current work and partnership with JOORTH, ICAP will provide technical assistance, coordination of quality improvement activities, and rigorous monitoring and evaluation. In addition to supporting HIV prevention, care, and treatment at the hospital, ICAP will support a newly renovated medically-assisted therapy clinic for people who inject drugs and support for survivors of gender-based violence.
As a COE, JOORTH will lead the way in innovative, evidence-driven approaches that increase HIV treatment coverage and quality by identifying people living with HIV, linking them to comprehensive, need-responsive care, promptly initiating them on ART, and ensuring they receive the support they need to remain in care, adhere to treatment, and achieve and sustain viral suppression.
“This is an exciting opportunity to build on ICAP’s relationship with the Kisumu County Health Management Team,” said Dr. Elaine Abrams, senior research director at ICAP. “We are honored to partner with JOORTH to build upon its considerable expertise, improve the well-being of families living with HIV, and to address more complex issues affecting the region.”