Renowned medical journal The Lancet published an obituary for Fernando Morales, MD, who served as ICAP’s country director in Tanzania until his untimely death on May 5, 2020.
Each time Wafaa El-Sadr, the Director of ICAP at Columbia University, New York, USA—a multicountry programme to strengthen health systems and improve HIV services—visited Fernando Morales in Tanzania, he was eager to show her new strategies he had developed for reaching communities with improved HIV treatment and prevention efforts. As ICAP’s Tanzania Country Director, it was Morales’ job to initiate new projects and design the programme’s future interventions, and he “never wanted to just keep doing what others were doing”, El-Sadr said. Instead, Morales designed interventions to facilitate HIV testing for key and vulnerable populations, who often get overlooked, and to provide them with easy access to pre-exposure prophylaxis. He loaded materials into bags and set off to reach fishing villages along the shores of Lake Victoria or remote mining communities.