Although the number of people living with HIV in Guatemala is fairly low compared to other countries, high rates of infection are found among vulnerable populations such as men who have sex with men and transgender women. Gaps exist along the HIV prevention and care cascade, making it difficult for the country to reach the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals. ICAP is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ministry of Health, President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) implementers, and civil society groups. These partnerships aim to improve current practices and to fast-track local capacity to meet national, PEPFAR, and UNAIDS goals by implementing innovative, effective, and comprehensive capacity-building strategies that strengthen service delivery and human resources for health.
ICAP in Guatemala
- HIV Care and Treatment
- HIV Testing and Counseling
- Laboratory Support
- Recency Testing
- 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 Central 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.