ICAP News - January 2008

Tanzania President Launches Renovation
of Care and Treatment Clinic

On Dec. 3, Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete joined ICAP and its partners in launching the renovation of the HIV care and treatment clinic at Mkuranga District Hospital in the country’s Coast Region. During remarks at the ceremony, President Kikwete, a strong advocate of efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, praised ICAP, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their support of the scale up HIV services in Tanzania.

Renovation of the HIV clinic at Mkuranga District Hospital, which CDC is undertaking, will greatly increase the capacity of the facility to deliver comprehensive HIV services. Currently, the hospital provides HIV care to 540 people, including antiretroviral therapy to 210 individuals.

Photo caption: ICAP-Tanzania Country Director Amy Cunnnigham and Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

For more about ICAP Tanzania, visit here.

ICAP Expands Its Programmatic Support to Kenya's Eastern Province
ICAP Kenya has begun supporting comprehensive HIV services in six districts in the southern part of Eastern Province. This rural area, which has a high level of poverty, has an estimated 58,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, including approximately 11,000 individuals who require antiretroviral therapy (ART). In the first year, ICAP plans to provide capacity-building support to 11 facilities, including a mission hospital. Currently, ICAP supports 24 sites in Kenya’s Central Province, providing HIV care to more than 21,000 people, including ART to more than 8,700 individuals.

For more about ICAP Kenya, visit here.

Referrals Directory Details HIV Services Available in East London, South Africa
ICAP South Africa, in collaboration with the Buffalo City Municipality and Eastern Cape Department of Health, has developed an external referrals directory for people living with HIV/AIDS and their service providers. The directory details the array of HIV and related services offered by organizations in the East London region, including treatment literacy support, adherence counseling, home-based care, and substance abuse management. ICAP and its partners designed the directory to enhance the efficiency of referrals and catalogue the various services available and their locations. ICAP plans to support the development of similar referral directories in other regions where it works in South Africa. The East London directory may be accessed at http://www.columbia-icap.org/resources/supporttools/index.html.

For more about ICAP South Africa, visit here.

Training in Ethiopia Focuses on New Multi-drug PMTCT Regimen
In December, ICAP Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Oromia, Dire Dawa, Harari, and Somali Regional Health Bureaus, supported the training of 118 healthcare providers on the multi-drug regimen of AZT, 3TC, and nevirapine for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. The three-day programs, which were developed in response to revised national guidelines for PMTCT, also examined the process of determining the eligibility of HIV-positive pregnant women for antiretroviral therapy (ART) and of linking them to care and treatment services. As a result of the trainings, all ART hospitals in the Oromia, Dire Dawa, Harari, and Somali Regions now have the capacity to deliver the new PMTCT prophylaxis reigmen to eligible women.

Photo caption: Participants from one of several recent PMTCT trainings supported by ICAP Ethiopia

For more about ICAP Ethiopia, visit here.

World AIDS Day Event Raises Awareness of HIV Services Available in Rural South African Community
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, ICAP South Africa and its partners co-hosted a Dec. 7 public education forum in Mzimkulu to raise awareness of the availability of HIV and related services. More than 100 people attended the event, which included presentations by doctors, nurses, field care givers, and others on voluntary counseling and testing, and HIV and tuberculosis care and treatment. The event concluded with a candlelight ceremony to remember those who have died of AIDS. In the Mzimkulu area of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, ICAP supports comprehensive HIV services at 14 clinics and two hospitals.

For more about ICAP South Africa, visit here.

Thailand Site Focuses on Improving Health Through Better Nutrition for PLWHA
Maintaining optimum nutritional levels can be challenging for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), especially in resource-limited settings. At the ICAP-supported Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre in Bangkok, an innovative nutrition program is raising awareness among both PLWHA and healthcare providers about the importance of healthy eating through lectures, workshops, camps, and cooking classes.

In the cooking classes, a nurse nutritionist, who is also a member of the Centre’s multidisciplinary team, leads discussions on food safety, shopping for food, proper cooking, and symptom management through diet changes. The classes culminate with participants designing menus of their own, purchasing and cooking food for themselves.

ICAP’s MTCT-Plus Initiative has been supporting the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre since 2003. The program is distinguished for its novel use of peer educators and outreach workers to enhance services for patients. Currently, the facility provides HIV care to 926 people, including antiretroviral therapy to 329 individuals.

Photo caption: Cooking classes focus on promoting healthy eating for people living with HIV/AIDS.

For more about ICAP Thailand, visit here.

Country Director Named for New ICAP Cote d’Ivoire Program
Ida Viho, a medical doctor with 15 years of experience working in HIV service delivery and research, has been named country director of ICAP’s new program in Cote d’Ivoire. Viho, who most recently served as manager of an ICAP-supported MTCT-Plus Initiative program in Abidjan, is an expert in HIV care and treatment, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission and voluntary counseling and testing. She also has extensive experience in training healthcare workers in the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. Viho hold a medical doctorate from the University of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, and a master’s degree in public health and epidemiology from the University of Bordeaux in France.

For more about ICAP Cote d'Ivoire, visit here.

Abrams Describes New Conceptual Framework for PMTCT in Talks to International Audiences
Elaine Abrams, MD, director of ICAP’s MTCT-Plus Initiative, recently delivered two talks to international audiences presenting a new conceptual framework for prevention of mother-to-children transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services. In November, she spoke at the Global Partners Forum: Achieving Universal Access to Comprehensive PMTCT Services in Johannesburg, South Africa, on “Lessons Learned from the Field: Accelerating the Scale-Up of PMTCT.” In December at the First National Pediatric Conference in Maputo, Mozambique, Abrams launched the scientific sessions with a talk titled “Integration of Child and Family Health in the Context of HIV” in which she described the relationship between maternal health status and pediatric health outcomes. Both talks may be accessed at http://www.columbia-icap.org/resources/peds/index.html.

Photo caption: Dr. Elaine Abrams speaks at the Mozambique pediatric conference. Photo courtesy of the First National Pediatric Conference.

ICAP Nigeria Honored with 'Heroes Award' for Support of Best HIV Treatment Program
In conjunction with World AIDS Day in December, the government of Nigeria’s Kaduna State and the Kaduna Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS recognized ICAP with a "Heroes Award" for its support of best antiretroviral treatment program in Nigeria. ICAP supports 12 sites in Nigeria providing HIV services to more than 13,000 people. These sites have also provided HIV testing services to more than 14,000 pregnant women.

For more about ICAP Nigeria, visit here.

ICAP Posters and Presentations at Rwanda's Third National Pediatric HIV/AIDS Conference
At Rwanda's Third National Pediatric Conference on Treatment, Care and Support to Children Infected and Affected by HIV and AIDS, held Dec. 2-4 in Kigali, ICAP staff delivered two oral presentations and four posters on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and pediatric HIV care and treatment. These posters and presentations may be reviewed at http://www.columbia-icap.org/news/posters/rwanda07/index.html.

For more about ICAP Rwanda, visit here.