ICAP’s high-impact work addressing malaria in Ethiopia was in the spotlight early this month when ICAP participated in an exhibition organized by the the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to showcase the key role the work of ICAP and other partners is playing in saving lives and improving the health of the Ethiopian people.
Headed by USAID Administrator Samantha Power, a team of high-level delegates from Washington attended the exhibition on August 4 at the Ethiopian Millennium Convention Center where they learned about ICAP’s malaria diagnosis and treatment activity, a project being implemented with funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through USAID.
Along with six other best-performing USAID-funded international organizations, ICAP exhibited its works and achievements aimed at improving malaria diagnosis and treatment in Ethiopia via a series of technical posters, research outputs and publications, such as guidelines and provider support tools. Additionally, ICAP presented a short video depicting the key achievements and impacts of the malaria diagnosis and treatment activity in the country.
Since 2008, ICAP at Columbia University in partnership with the USAID/President’s Malaria Initiative has been supporting Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and Regional Health Bureaus in strengthening the malaria diagnosis and treatment services in high malaria burden and elimination districts of the country.
ICAP began support for quality malaria diagnosis and treatment services in 56 health facilities and 10 health posts of Oromia state. Currently, with funding obtained from USAID/ President’s Malaria Initiative ICAP is actively supporting the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, eight regional reference laboratories, 58 hospitals, 550 health centers, 2628 health posts, and 29 biomedical equipment maintenance workshops across six regions of the country.
Over the past 13 years of its implementation experience in Ethiopia, ICAP’s Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment Activity, has provided technical and logistic supports to strengthen partnerships and coordination at national and regional levels; strengthen and scale up quality assurance systems; improve infrastructure and human resource capacity; and enhance program learning and operational research to impact malaria diagnosis and treatment related policy and programming.
Enduring tough terrains and weather conditions, the malaria diagnosis and treatment activity is further reaching remote health facilities thereby increasing access to better quality malaria diagnosis and treatment services in hard-to-reach communities.
The USAID President’s Malaria Initiative has continued supporting Ethiopia’s endeavor towards achieving the national goal of eliminating malaria by 2030.
A major global health organization that has been improving public health in countries around the world for nearly two decades, ICAP works to transform the health of populations through innovation, science, and global collaboration. Based at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, ICAP has projects in more than 30 countries, working side-by-side with ministries of health and local governmental, non-governmental, academic, and community partners to confront some of the world’s greatest health challenges. Through evidence-informed programs, meaningful research, tailored technical assistance, effective training and education programs, and rigorous surveillance to measure and evaluate the impact of public health interventions, ICAP aims to realize a global vision of healthy people, empowered communities, and thriving societies. Online at icap.columbia.edu