The recent crisis in Venezuela has led over 6 million people to leave the country, including many individuals living with HIV in need of life-saving antiretroviral treatment. Reports indicate that Venezuelan migrants living with HIV are arriving to their host countries in poor health, and migrants not living with HIV lack access to prevention and testing services needed to ensure they remain HIV-negative. Public health experts warn that this situation has the potential to undo significant progress toward epidemic control that has been made in the region.
Colombia is host to nearly two million Venezuelan migrants. ICAP is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colombia Ministry of Health to address the challenges faced by Venezuelan migrant populations in accessing HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services by procuring relevant supplies, providing technical assistance on the updating of national guidelines to transition optimized antiretroviral therapy regimens, and supporting remote trainings to health care workers, community workers, and volunteers.
Programmatic Support Award (PSA)
ICAP in Colombia
- HIV Prevention
- HIV Care and Treatment
- HIV Testing and Counseling
- Migrant health
- PEPFAR/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Ricardo Mendizabal, MPH
Ricardo Mendizabel leads ICAP’s team, providing technical support in this region on HIV prevention, diagnosis, and care. Prior to this role, Ricardo worked on other PEPFAR-supported projects in Latin America, including the implementation of national HIV drug resistance surveys. Ricardo is from Guatemala. He holds a Masters in Public Health with emphasis in epidemiology from Universidad Rafael Landivar.