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ICAP has partnered with the Government of Lesotho since 2005, providing technical leadership to accelerate and expand access to HIV and TB prevention, care, and treatment.
We work at the national level with the Ministry of Health and with district health teams and health facilities in Berea, Leribe, Quthing, and Qacha’s Nek. Additional partners include: the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, WHO, UNICEF, universities and educational institutions providing nurse and midwife training, and corporate partners addressing HIV and TB through the private sector.
HIV Impact Assessment Survey (PHIA)
ICAP is providing technical assistance and support to Lesotho’s MOH to conduct a population-based HIV impact assessment (PHIA) survey to assess HIV prevalence, incidence, and access to prevention, care, and treatment services. Survey findings will be used to evaluate the impact of Lesotho’s HIV response at a national level and to help guide and target future investment and programs. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)
Strengthening Strategic Information for Health
ICAP provides technical assistance to strengthen national health information systems and support data use and data management to inform health programs and policy. Activities aim to enhance the coordination of health management systems and surveillance activities and support the implementation of an electronic medical records system. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)
Nursing Education Partnership Initiative
Expanding the role of nurses and midwives is critical to meet Lesotho’s national healthcare needs. ICAP is partnering with all six nurse training institutions in Lesotho to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and clinical settings and ensure an adequate number of well-trained and qualified nurses and midwives. Online at nepinetwork.org. (funded by PEPFAR through HRSA)
Global TA: TB in Miners
ICAP is partnering with the MOH and local partners in Lesotho to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems in order to improve linkage of pediatric patients to HIV care and treatment. This includes: supporting data collection, ensuring data quality, and developing an analysis plan, reporting, and disseminating results. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)
Global TA: TB/HIV Evaluation
ICAP is partnering with the MOH to conduct a comprehensive TB and HIV program evaluation that is assessing: 1) intensified TB case finding among all people living with HIV and provide treatment for those diagnosed with TB, and isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) to those without active TB; 2) HIV testing for all TB patients and patients with presumptive TB, and provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) for those who are HIV-positive; 3) TB infection control measures at facilities to decrease TB transmission among people living with HIV; and 4) linkage and retention of patients between TB and HIV programs. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)
Global TA: Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative
ICAP is partnering with the MOH and local organizations in Lesotho to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems with the aim of improving linkage of pediatric patients of HIV care and treatment services. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)
Recently Completed Projects
The START Study (2012 – 2016)
The START study was a cluster site-randomized trial that evaluated a combination intervention package versus the standard of care with the goal of improving early antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation and retention rates during TB treatment, as well as TB treatment success, among HIV-infected TB patients in Lesotho. (funded by PEPFAR through USAID) Read the project brief.
Strengthening TB/HIV Integration under PEPFAR (2009 – 2015)
ICAP provided technical leadership to support health systems strengthening for TB and HIV to mitigate the impact of the dual epidemics. ICAP The scope of work included building the capacity of the MOH to develop and expand access to HIV and TB prevention; supporting comprehensive HIV care and treatment services; establishing an effective and sustainable network of laboratories and; supporting the development, dissemination, and implementation of TB/HIV related policy, guidelines, registers, and tools. (funded by PEPFAR through CDC) Read the project brief.
The EPIC Study (2013 – 2015)
EPIC was a feasibility research study focused on HIV prevention among serodiscordant couples. (funded by the NIH)
TB Care and Treatment for Miners (2009 – 2015)
To address high rates of TB among Lesotho’s migrant workers, ICAP forged a public-private partnership with TEBA, the country’s largest mining recruitment company. The project established clinics at TEBA offices in Maseru, Mafeteng, and Leribe as non-traditional points of care providing TB rapid testing, same-day diagnosis, and treatment. ICAP-trained TEBA care providers conduct TB contact tracing and support retention in care among miners and their families. (funded by TB Reach/WHO) Read the project brief.