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)

  • Multi-Country,
  • current
Building on over 15 years of partnership between ICAP at Columbia University, PEPFAR, and CDC, the Programmatic Support Award provides rapid, flexible technical support to accelerate evidence-based HIV prevention and treatment program implementation and align health systems strengthening activities. ...

ICAP in Colombia

Program Start
  • 2021
Technical Areas
  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Care and Treatment
  • HIV Testing and Counseling
  • Migrant health
Current Funders
  • PEPFAR/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Regional Director

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.

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