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In Swaziland, ICAP works to strengthen health systems and support the national response to HIV.
We began partnering with the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland in 2005 with an initial focus on reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and then on supporting the rapid scale-up of comprehensive HIV care and treatment. ICAP now provides technical leadership at a national level, working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to develop HIV programs and policy, and supports the scale-up of HIV care and treatment in three of Swaziland’s four regions. ICAP also leads nursing and midwifery education projects and conducts HIV research initiatives. Our partners include PEPFAR, local NGOs, and universities and educational institutions.
ICAP’s portfolio is focused on strengthening HIV care and treatment programs, improving health information systems, training and education for healthcare workers, and conducting and building research capacity.
Scaling Up HIV Care and Treatment
ICAP works with the MOH and with regional health management teams and health facilities in Hhoho, Lubombo, and Manzini to improve and expand access to adult and pediatric HIV care and treatment. This scope of work includes innovative approaches to expand nurse-initiated antiretroviral treatment (ART), enhance referral systems, and improve patient retention in care. (Funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)
Strengthening Strategic Health Information
ICAP provides technical assistance to the MOH to improve use of national HIV program data to inform public health decision-making and ART programs. (Funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)
Capacity Building for Nursing and Midwifery
Expanding the role of nurses and midwives is essential to meet Swaziland’s HIV treatment goals. ICAP is working with the MOH to update national nursing strategies, policies, and guidelines and with nurse education institutions to improve training, resources, and support for a broader clinical scope of work. (Funded by PEPFAR through HRSA)
The Safe Generations Study
Safe Generations is an implementation science study that is evaluating the impact of Option B+ on mother-to-child transmission of HIV and retention in care. (Funded by USAID)
The Link4Health Study
Link4Health is an implementation science study that uses a randomized trial design to evaluate the effectiveness of various HIV intervention strategies on linkage and retention in care. (Funded by the NIH)