ICAP partners with CDC and the government of South Sudan to ensure that people living with HIV can continue to access treatment and services during times of increased instability. “Our continued presence and success in South Sudan is a testament to our partners here—partners like ICAP,” says CDC country director Rohit Chitale. “We are all committed to continuing this fight to bring health care to the people of South Sudan.”
“The time is right to embrace precision public health,” Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr urged attendees of the 2017 International AIDS Society conference, held in Paris from July 23-26. In her presentation during the opening plenary session, El-Sadr highlighted the promise of differentiated service delivery (DSD) for ensuring that no key subsets of populations with HIV are left behind.
Persons living with HIV at high risk of disease progression include those with advanced disease at the time of diagnosis, as well as those who have been on antiretroviral treatment for a year or more but have an unsuppressed viral load, or have other issues requiring close follow-up. Members of CQUIN network countries met in Harare in July for workshops around this priority community of practice. On the heels of the CQUIN workshop in Harare, ICAP organized a satellite session at the International AIDS Society’s annual conference (IAS 2017) in Paris. The session – Differentiated Service Delivery: Innovating for Impact – included an interactive panel discussion that focused on the latest innovations identified by the network.
The Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) Project announced major findings from the Swaziland survey at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (July 23-26). Key findings from the second Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey, SHIMS2, the Swaziland PHIA, revealed impressive progress in confronting the HIV epidemic. Previously released survey results showed similar progress in three high-burden countries: Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) held its first “community of practice” workshop, focused on differentiated care for patients at high risk of HIV disease progression. The three-day gathering, held from July 17-19 in Harare, brought together nearly 70 participants from all nine CQUIN countries.
Key findings from the second Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey, SHIMS2, reveal impressive progress in confronting the HIV epidemic in the country. Results show a doubling in population viral load suppression since 2011 and a decrease by nearly half in the rate of new HIV infections.The data come from one of the population-based HIV impact assessment (PHIA) surveys led by the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland (GKoS) through the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Central Statistical Office (CSO). The survey (SHIMS2) was implemented by ICAP at Columbia University and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with fund from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).