ICAP has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support efforts to provide high-quality, targeted technical assistance for country programs supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).
Through this five-year program, ICAP will provide capacity building support and technical assistance in four technical areas: 1) prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV; 2) adult HIV care and treatment; 3) pediatric HIV care and treatment; and 4) and surveillance and strategic information. ICAP will work closely with governmental and non-governmental organizations in-country, as well as the funders, to enable setting appropriate priorities, managing resources, and implementing national HIV and related programs.
“This funding presents an opportunity to build on and consolidate the achievements of PEPFAR and the Global Fund and intensify technical assistance that supports the capacity of governments and communities to achieve universal access to high quality services,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP.
Programmatic activities will be performed as discrete projects and will be executed by ICAP and its network of experts, consultants and partner organizations, in collaboration with PEPFAR and Global Fund partners. As appropriate, ICAP will use rapid response teams to address urgent, short-term technical assistance needs and medium to long-term technical assistance teams to support longer planning, evaluation, or implementation processes. In addition, ICAP will support the production and adaptation of program implementation tools and will provide support in designing systems to facilitate data use. ICAP will utilize a range of knowledge management approaches to capture, disseminate, and promote the adoption of best practices, initiatives, and lessons learned to promote promising practices, facilitate South-to-South learning, and disseminate new information.
“We are eager to provide expert assistance to help address gaps in HIV programs and to contribute to the global effort in getting the HIV epidemic to zero” said Jessica Justman, ICAP senior technical director and principle investigator for this program, “ICAP is poised to do whatever it takes to assist countries in reaching their goals and objectives.”