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Democratic Republic of the Congo

ICAP has partnered with the Government of DRC since 2010, providing technical assistance to expand and improve access to adult and pediatric HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

We work at the national level with the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Programme National de Lutte contre le SIDA et les IST (PNLS), the National Reference Laboratory, and with health authorities at the district and zone level to support the scale-up of HIV care and treatment in Kinshasa and Haut-Katanga provinces.

Our current portfolio includes expanding HIV services to key populations and education for nurses and midwives.

Current Projects

Increasing Access to HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment Services

ICAP is partnering with the MOH to increase access to comprehensive HIV services in Kinshasa and Haut-Katanga provinces. ICAP is working primarily at health zones and health facilities to increase coverage, linkages, retention, and quality across HIV services to maximize impact among priority populations like children and adolescents, as well as provide targeted technical assistance at the national and provincial levels. In addition, ICAP is supporting targeted HIV prevention and care interventions for commercial sex workers and men who have sex with men in health zones. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

Capacity Building and Education for Nursing and Midwifery

ICAP is working with the MOH to improve the capacity of nurses and midwives to provide quality HIV care and treatment services, including Option B+ for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. Through the NEPI project, ICAP is working with nursing education institutions in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi provinces to enhance the learning infrastructure, ensure the production of sufficient numbers of well-trained nurses, and support an expanded clinical role for nurses providing HIV care. Online at nepinetwork.org. (funded by PEPFAR through HRSA)

Global TA: Fast Track Test and Treat for Key Populations

ICAP is partnering with the MOH to support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of HIV test and treat (T&T) strategies for key populations. This includes: exploring new test strategies and innovative linkage and service delivery models to increase access to and coverage of HIV testing and treatment for key populations; supporting DRC to implement T&T interventions for key populations and; documenting challenges and advantages of various models implemented. Additionally, ICAP will support the development of M&E tools necessary to monitor engagement of key populations along the continuum of care. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

Global TA: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Key Populations

ICAP is partnering with the MOH to plan, design, and implement PrEP services for key populations. This scope of work includes: developing tools for PrEP implementation, standard operating procedures, and training health care workers on tools; developing M&E tools to track uptake and retention on PrEP; monitoring programs; and evaluating PrEP implementation. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

Recently Completed Projects

Technical Assistance for HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment (2010 – 2015)

ICAP provided technical assistance at all levels of the health system to scale up HIV prevention, care, and treatment in Kinshasa and Katanga provinces. The scope of work included: expanding HIV services for PMTCT, integrating TB/HIV care, developing laboratory networks, establishing systems for monitoring and evaluation and quality improvement, and intensive mentoring and training for health care workers and peer educators. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

To learn more about the achievements of this project, read the project brief here.