The Kingdom of Swaziland has one of the most severe HIV epidemics and HIV-related illness is the leading cause of death in the country. In 2011, ICAP at Columbia University began the Link4Health study in Swaziland to evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative combination intervention strategy on the linkage of HIV-positive persons to HIV care and their retention in care.
In a recent commentary published in PLOS Medicine, Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, ICAP’s global director, and colleagues discuss tailored approaches to treatment and prevention of HIV infection, and an important new strategy called differentiated service delivery, or “DSD”.
On World AIDS Day 2017, the PHIA Project at ICAP at Columbia University, conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ministries of health—with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)— announced the release of new data from five survey countries, including preliminary results from Lesotho and Tanzania. With this release, data are now available for seven countries where the population-based HIV impact assessments (PHIAs) were conducted.
The hard work of the Manzini Regional Health Management Team (RHMT) won acclaim at the recent National HIV/AIDS Semi-Annual Review meeting (NaHSAR) in October. ICAP in Swaziland supports the RHMT and health facilities in Manzini through the work of mentors and technical advisors, who had the chance to join in celebrating this great success.
Michael Miller, CPA, CIA, has joined ICAP as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, he will oversee finance teams and functions at ICAP’s headquarters in New York and abroad, and liaise with the administration of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where ICAP is centered. Miller brings to ICAP more than 25 years of combined auditing, financial management, and post-award sponsored projects administration experience.
ICAP to Help Zambia Improve HIV Surveillance and Access to Services for Hard-to Reach Key Populations
ICAP at Columbia University will build on its strong partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Health to improve disease surveillance systems and increase access to HIV services for key populations that are at high risk, hard to reach, and underserved. This work will be funded by a new five-year award from the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).