Results from an HIV survey of unprecedented scope, led by ICAP at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, has spurred optimism throughout Ethiopia, the latest country to announce data from the fourteen-country Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) Project. The PHIA survey in Ethiopia, or EPHIA, is the first to estimate HIV incidence, viral load suppression (VLS), and pediatric prevalence in urban Ethiopia.
EPHIA surveyed 10,529 households in urban areas, covering 20,170 people between the ages of 15–64 years. The survey evaluated urban areas because previous studies showed very low HIV prevalence among populations in rural areas. Data collection officially kicked off on October 4, 2017, and ended on April 25, 2018.