ICAP’s HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) supports ministries of health and their partners in sub-Saharan Africa to exchange and co-create knowledge about scaling up differentiated care, enabling more people living with HIV to access high-quality treatment. The CQUIN network has recently expanded to include eight countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In addition, the new CQUIN website provides an important resource for knowledge exchange and joint work.
Using Nurse-Led, Home-Based HIV Care to Improve Adherence and Retention Among People Who Inject Drugs in Central Asia
In Central Asia, people who inject drugs face a range of barriers to accessing and staying in HIV care, including stigma and discrimination, a lack of family support, and health care-related costs. To provide more effective care to this hard-to-reach population, ICAP is partnering with the ministries of health in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan to implement an innovative Home Visiting Nurse Program.
Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis are more than twice as common among people living with HIV than in patients with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes. In Ethiopia, ICAP has partnered with the Federal Ministry of Health to develop and roll-out a new, integrated model of mental health care for people living with HIV.
ICAP launched its HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) with a three-day gathering held March 26-28 in Durban, South Africa. Nearly 60 participants from nine countries assembled to launch the new learning network, which aims to advance the implementation of differentiated care for people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
The World Health Organization has just published its first list of priority pathogens, drawing attention to the rising global threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria, also called superbugs. “The emergence and spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria is a serious global health challenge,” explains Dr. Miriam Rabkin, director for health systems strategies at ICAP. “The concern is that if these multi-drug resistant organisms continue to spread, we will run out of working antibiotics. It’s a terrifying scenario.”
This World TB Day, ICAP and its partners around the world are rallying behind the global campaign to “Unite to End TB.” The World Health Organization has called for a special focus on uniting efforts to leave no one behind, a theme exemplified by ICAP’s work to make TB and HIV services accessible to Lesotho’s hard-to-reach migrant miners.