Launch of the MTCT-Plus Documentary Videos from Uganda

The conference showcased an exhibit of photography and videos documenting ICAP’s MTCT-Plus Initiative in Uganda, documenting the challenges encountered by families with HIV. The films by Gideon Mendel are available online here.

From 2002–2010, ICAP’s MTCT-Plus Initiative supported programs in 10 countries that enrolled 16,500 HIV-positive pregnant women and their families (including over 6,000 children) in comprehensive services.

Join us for Fela! on Broadway

Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health invites members of the Mailman School community to a performance of Fela! on Wednesday, October 6 with a limited offer of $47 floor seats for one of Broadway’s most talked about musicals. The evening will include a discussion with co-producer Stephen Hendel and ICAP director, Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr. For information or to purchase tickets, click HERE.

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The XVIII International AIDS Conference held in Vienna from July 18-23, 2010 featured presentations by several ICAP researchers and staff members. Wafaa El-Sadr and Elaine Abrams were featured speakers, and ICAP staff attended from Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, and the U.S. ICAP presented 18 posters and presentations at the conference in addition to chairing four panels. The full conference program is available HERE. ICAP’s MTCT-plus program also exhibited videos and photography covering its work in Uganda. The work represented fruits of collaborative efforts with Ministries of Health, other in-country organizations and partners.

Bridging the Divide: Interdisciplinary Partnerships for HIV and Health Systems

ICAP sponsored a pre-meeting to address key issues related to HIV and Health Systems in collaboration with the International AIDS Society and the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. More than 150 individuals from around the world attended the meeting. Director Wafaa El-Sadr gave a plenary talk in which she discussed the impact of HIV programming on HIV and related issues as well as evidence of its effect on broader health system. The meeting was organized by a planning committee that included diverse members including El-Sadr and Miriam Rabkin from ICAP. The meeting was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The video is available HERE.

ICAP Calls for Elimination of Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

Elaine Abrams, ICAP Research Director, was a plenary speaker at the conference, presenting a talk entitled “Eliminating vertical transmission: Rights here, right now.” In her talk, Abrams discussed the challenges faced by the global community in its quest for achievement of optimal outcomes for HIV infected pregnant women and the elimination of pediatric HIV. Vertical transmission is estimated to be responsible for over 90% of new pediatric HIV infections. Abrams emphasized that programs must embrace the comprehensive, long-term health needs and the rights of women, children, and families. The video is available HERE.

Specialized Care for Infants, Children, and Adolescents

At a special pre-conference International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics, Elaine Abrams, ICAP Research Director, shared details of the new WHO guidelines released in 2009 for PMTCT based on new evidence and successful prevention programs. The presentation is available HERE.

Strengthening Adherence and Retention

In response to the challenge of enhancing follow-up of patient enrolled in care and treatment, Mihayo Bupamba from ICAP-Tanzania gave an oral presentation on the utilization of peer educators, persons living with HIV in this effort. In Bupamba’s presentation, peer educators were able to successfully track down 59% of clients (n=966) who had discontinued treatment and were able to bring 82% of surviving patients back to the clinic. Presentation with audio HERE.

ICAP staff in Mozambique presented on another effort to track patients. The team worked with community leaders to locate missing patients, with the goal of finding patients within one week of discontinuation. They involved people living with HIV to conduct home visits, which helped locate 7,761 patients who would otherwise be lost to care. Subsequently 62.6% of these patients returned to the health facility for at least one visit. This work was done in partnership with Pathfinder.


Several posters were also presented by ICAP including at sessions on scale-up, harm reduction, and the use of new technologies. Some of the following posters are available on the ICAP conference page HERE.

Implementation of Male Circumcision in Tanzania: An Enhanced Prevention Strategy for HIV

Peer Educators: Is it Possible to Work as Volunteers in Africa?

Using Phone Follow-up to Understand Barriers to ART Initiation in a Regional Hospital in Swaziland

Improving the Quality of HIV Care through Structured pre-ART Care: Lessons from a Regional Hospital in Rural Swaziland

The Transition Clinic: A Model of Care for Perinatally Infected Young Adults

Facilitating Active Lab Sample Transport (FAST) System – Report of a Pilot Program in Swaziland

High HIV Prevalence Among Surviving Children of HIV Infected Adults Enrolled In Care And Treatment Programs In Nigeria: Experience From Adult Chart Audit And Provider Initiated Testing

Increasing Access to ART Care and Treatment through Decentralisation: Early Lessons from the Swaziland National AIDS Program and ICAP Experience

Recovering Addicts and Outreach Workers Deliver Harm Reduction Services Linked to HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment in Zanzibar

A Public Private Partnership for Sustaining HIV Care and Treatment Programs in Rural Tanzania

A Community Collaboration To Facilitate Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Defaulter Tracing In Quelimane, Mozambique

Adolescent Children Adherence to HIV Care and Treatment: The International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) Experience in Rwanda (2004–2009)

Evaluation of a Dental Clinic-Based Rapid HIV Testing Initiative

Male Partner Testing At Antenatal Clinics In ICAP-Supported Health Facilities In Nigeria

Nutrition and Household-Related Characteristics of Adult HIV-Infected Patients with Body Mass Index Below 20 Kg/m2 Who Are Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy in Central Province, Kenya

A Pilot Study to Determine Feasibility of Procurement and Distribution of Standardized Food Basket of Locally-Available Foods within HIV Treatment in Kenya