During the past ten years, ICAP at Columbia University has become an established national technical assistance partner to the FMOH, the Federal HIV and AIDS Prevention Coordinating Office (FHAPCO), and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), ensuring that up-to-date policies and standardized guidelines are in place to guide the HIV response, along with the related training materials, job aids, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools required for implementation.
A highly collaborative approach underpins ICAP’s work. From day one, its technical assistance and capacity building activities in Ethiopia have been designed in a participatory manner—developing plans in close collaboration with government entities—and implemented by working hand-in-hand with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, as well as affected populations. ICAP plays a proactive role in many national technical working groups and advisory committees, collaborating with a range of national stakeholders and international partners to support national planning for the initiation, rollout, and strengthening of critical interventions.
Technical assistance to the FMOH is provided by ICAP’s team of experienced Ethiopian nationals. ICAP also seconds experts to the FMOH to strengthen capacity at the federal level, with advisors on adult care and treatment, pediatric care and treatment, and tuberculosis (TB)/HIV integration currently seconded.