A new study led by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP and professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and published in JAMA Internal Medicine, shows that the use of gift cards significantly increased viral suppression and clinic attendance among HIV-positive patients at HIV care sites that offered financial incentives.
US Ambassador Meets ICAP’s Health Ambassadors and Learns How Young Women Are Being Empowered to Fight HIV in Tanzania
Out of every four adolescents newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, three are young women. In Tanzania, ICAP is scaling up a project called FIKIA that seeks to change this statistic. The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. embassy in Tanzania, Acting Ambassador Virginia Blaser, recently paid the project a visit and met a group of the young women dedicating themselves to preventing new HIV infections in Mwanza, a region bordering on Lake Victoria in the far north of the country.
Last month, Myanmar took a major step forward in addressing the ravages of HIV among its population with the launch of its third National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS. The plan—known as NSPIII—lays out a strategy to end HIV as a public health threat by 2030. NSPIII calls for a coordinated response at national, state/regional, and local levels. ICAP, in a joint effort with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Population Services International (PSI), played a key role in the content development.
ICAP at Columbia University will host a satellite session on Differentiated Service Delivery at the IAS 2017 conference in Paris, France on Sunday, July 23rd. Drawing on the lessons of the HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN), the session will showcase innovations in DSD for stable patients, as well as for those at high risk of disease progression and those with both HIV and non-communicable diseases.
ICAP’s HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) supports ministries of health and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to exchange and co-create knowledge about scaling up differentiated care, enabling more people living with HIV to access high-quality treatment. The CQUIN network has recently expanded to include nine countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In addition, the new CQUIN website provides an important resource for knowledge exchange and joint work.
Using Nurse-Led, Home-Based HIV Care to Improve Adherence and Retention Among People Who Inject Drugs in Central Asia
In Central Asia, people who inject drugs face a range of barriers to accessing and staying in HIV care, including stigma and discrimination, a lack of family support, and health care-related costs. To provide more effective care to this hard-to-reach population, ICAP is partnering with the ministries of health in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan to implement an innovative Home Visiting Nurse Program.