With world leaders gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly, ICAP at Columbia University—in partnership with PEPFAR and CDC—announced new data on the state of HIV epidemics in Lesotho and Uganda. The data, derived from Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) surveys, show remarkable progress in Lesotho and a stabilization of Uganda’s previously expanding epidemic.
The Swaziland Health Research Training Program (HRTP) is in its fifth year, having launched in 2013 with support from CDC through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). To date, 30 fellows have benefited from the HRTP, and 10 new fellows are embarking on their journey toward excellence in research design, implementation, and publication.
ICAP’s expanded partnership with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health will improve the use of health information systems—including electronic medical records—throughout the country, with robust systems to support clinical decision-making, PEPFAR reporting, and evidence-based program design.
Viral Load Toolkit Empowers Health Care Providers to Improve Patient Understanding and Treatment Adherence
ICAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a Viral Load Toolkit for health care providers working with people living with HIV (PLHIV). This package contains a variety of tools and job aids to promote treatment adherence and regular viral load testing, including printable flipcharts to guide conversation during patient visits. The toolkit also includes a training curriculum and is currently available in English, with translations coming soon in French, Portuguese, and Swahili; adult and adolescent flipcharts will also be available in Russian.
A recently published study conducted by ICAP, in close partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, local NGOs, and the Centers for Disease Control in Central Asia, reveals stark realities faced by people who inject drugs when accessing these services, but also upholds their enduring value. This was one of the first assessments in the Kyrgyz Republic examining barriers and facilitators that affect participation in needle and syringe programs by people who inject drugs.
ICAP partners with CDC and the government of South Sudan to ensure that people living with HIV can continue to access treatment and services during times of increased instability. “Our continued presence and success in South Sudan is a testament to our partners here—partners like ICAP,” says CDC country director Rohit Chitale. “We are all committed to continuing this fight to bring health care to the people of South Sudan.”