ICAP’s expanded partnership with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health will improve the use of health information systems—including electronic medical records—throughout the country, with robust systems to support clinical decision-making, PEPFAR reporting, and evidence-based program design.
Viral Load Toolkit Empowers Health Care Providers to Improve Patient Understanding and Treatment Adherence
ICAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed a Viral Load Toolkit for health care providers working with people living with HIV (PLHIV). This package contains a variety of tools and job aids to promote treatment adherence and regular viral load testing, including printable flipcharts to guide conversation during patient visits. The toolkit also includes a training curriculum and is currently available in English, with translations coming soon in French, Portuguese, and Swahili; adult and adolescent flipcharts will also be available in Russian.
A recently published study conducted by ICAP, in close partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, local NGOs, and the Centers for Disease Control in Central Asia, reveals stark realities faced by people who inject drugs when accessing these services, but also upholds their enduring value. This was one of the first assessments in the Kyrgyz Republic examining barriers and facilitators that affect participation in needle and syringe programs by people who inject drugs.
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.