With a new five-year grant from the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), ICAP will collaborate with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health and National Malaria Control Programme, the Ethiopia Public Health Institute, regional health bureaus, district health offices, and other key malaria stakeholders to support the implementation of quality malaria diagnosis and treatment services in the country. Technical guidance and support will be provided to ICAP by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agencies responsible for co-implementation of PMI.
Two recent conferences, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston from March 4–7, and the annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) in New York from March 15–18, offered the opportunity for ICAP to share experiences in programs, research and training.
On February 20, 2018, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa attended the opening of the Lake Zone’s first methadone clinic, at the ICAP-supported Sekou Toure Regional Hospital in Mwanza city. The Mwanza project is able to build on the experience and success ICAP and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare achieved in prior work in Zanzibar to bring critical services to a new region.
Ethiopia has made tremendous progress in its hard-fought struggle to combat this deadly disease, thanks in no small part to the nine-year-long Malaria Laboratory Diagnosis (MDLM) project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
In partnership with the national Ministry of Health and TEBA, ICAP in Lesotho will provide technical support for HIV and tuberculosis services at three health centers serving Basotho miners. This effort is part of the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support (SATBHSS) Project.
ICAP Study Identifies Data Gap to Paint Clearer Picture for Engaging Women and Infants in HIV Care in Swaziland
A recent ICAP study, funded by NIH, discovered that significant proportions of women living with HIV and HIV-exposed infants in Swaziland receiving Option B+ care and classified as “lost to follow-up” were engaged in care. These findings highlight the need to strengthen health facility data systems to provide a more accurate picture of patient outcomes.