Panama’s HIV epidemic still has gaps along the HIV prevention and care cascade, making it difficult for the country to reach the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals. High rates of infection among vulnerable populations such as men who have sex with men and transgender women have significantly complicated the HIV epidemic in Panama in recent years, and the large influx of migrants fleeing the crisis in Venezuela has exacerbated the situation. 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.
Programmatic Support Award (PSA)
Tracking with Recency Assays to Control the Epidemic (TRACE)
ICAP in Panama
- HIV Care and Treatment
- HIV Testing and Counseling
- Recency Testing
- QI / QA
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.