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Kenya

ICAP began partnering with the Government of Kenya in 2006 to support the rapid-scale up of HIV care and treatment.

We now provide technical assistance and capacity building at a national level and implementation support at the health facility level in Eastern Southern and Nyanza provinces. ICAP’s current portfolio also includes nursing and midwifery education projects and HIV research initiatives. Our partners in Kenya include a range of public health stakeholders, local NGOs, universities and educational institutions, and professional councils.

Current Projects

Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative

ICAP is partnering with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and local organizations to support key stakeholders and health facilities to increase HIV testing and counseling, improve linkage and enrollment for HIV-positive children, increase access to quality HIV care and treatment, and improve HIV treatment outcomes among infants, children and adolescents in Machakos, Makueni, Siaya, and Kisumu counties. (funded by PEPFAR and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation)

Capacity Building for Nursing and Midwifery

Expanding the role of nurses and midwives is essential to meet Kenya’s HIV treatment goals. ICAP is working with the MOH to update national nursing strategies, policies, and guidelines. ICAP is also working with nurse education institutions to improve curricula, training, and support for a broader clinical scope of work for nurses. (funded by PEPFAR through HRSA)

Global TA: Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV through Option B+

ICAP is collaborating with the MOH to implement and evaluate a program to improve uptake of and retention in Option B+ services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) among adolescent and young women at six health facilities in Nyanza Province. The program delivers an innovative package of services for adolescent pregnant and breastfeeding women including a group model, linkage to local facilities through lay counselors, psychosocial training for health care workers, training for peer supporters, and a community support network. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

Global TA: Test and Start

To improve HIV testing and access to treatment, ICAP is supporting the implementation and evaluation of a Test and Start strategy for adults, adolescents, and children. ICAP is supporting the MOH teams and other stakeholders to implement interventions throughout the care cascade, in order to improve case identification, linkages to care, early ART initiation and retention in treatment. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

Project ECHO

ICAP is piloting Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, to help provide accessible and cost-efficient continuing professional education, medical and programmatic mentoring, and continuous quality improvement, using internet videoconferencing and case-based learning. Through this project, ICAP is providing technical support, assisting with curricula development, coordinating continuing professional development activities, and evaluating process and outcomes. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

Global TA: Rapid Test Quality Improvement Initiative

ICAP is partnering with the MOH to strengthen HIV rapid testing quality assurance efforts by developing guidelines, indicators, and tools for implementing and monitoring retesting procedures for HIV positive individuals prior to ART initiation. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

Global TA: Adolescents

ICAP is partnering with the MOH to design and implement a package of services for HIV-positive pregnant adolescents within the antenatal care setting and evaluate retention using data collected during routine care.

Recently Completed Projects

Scaling up HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment (2010-2016)

ICAP partnered with Kenya’s MOH at the national, regional, and county level to support and improve the response to the HIV epidemic in Kenya’s Eastern South and Nyanza regions. ICAP enhanced HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts by expanding access to HIV services, including HIV testing, PMTCT, and voluntary medical male circumcision. ICAP initiatives increased access to ART considerably for both adults and children living with HIV, in part by expanding the capacity of Kenya’s health workers to initiate and manage HIV treatment. ICAP also strengthened the ability of Kenya’s MOH and county health management teams to collect accurate, consistent data, improve program monitoring and evaluation, and use high-quality data for continuous quality improvement. These combined efforts helped lay the foundation for reaching today’s goal of achieving epidemic control. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)
Read the full project brief.

The ARTIC Study

ICAP conducted this study to develop a cohort of over 600 HIV-infected adults who are initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) in eight health facilities in Nyanza Province to establish a sample bank of plasma and urine samples in order to further the understanding of the association between inflammatory and coagulation biomarkers and HIV-related outcomes. (funded by the NIH)

APHIAplus (2011-2015)

As a sub-partner with JHPIEGO, ICAP worked to expand and strengthen HIV care and treatment facilities in Central and Eastern provinces and provided implementation support, mentorship for healthcare workers, technical assistance in HIV management, and other health systems strengthening activities. (funded by PEPFAR through USAID)

Tegemeza (2011-2014)

ICAP provided technical assistance to the Center for Health Solutions, a Kenyan NGO, in the provision of quality HIV care and treatment services for adults and children, PMTCT, integrated TB/HIV activities, and monitoring and evaluation. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

The Mother and Infant Retention for Health Study (MIR4Health) (2012-2015)

The MIR4Health study is a randomized trial to compare the effectiveness of active patient follow-up to engage and retain in care newly-identified pregnant HIV-positive women and their infants as compared to the current standard of postpartum care. (funded by PEPFAR through the NIH)