ICAP News - March 2007

Featured in this issue are stories on a number of ICAP activities, including training programs and national conferences, focused on providing more children in resource-limited settings with HIV/AIDS care and treatment.

ICAP Programs To Share Experiences and Forge Strategic Plans for Pediatric HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment
Representatives from seven ICAP country programs will meet April 15-19 at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University to share their experiences and develop strategic plans for pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment. The workshop, sponsored by ICAP and the South-to-South Partnership for Comprehensive Pediatric HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, will focus on defining the ICAP Pediatric Model of Care and using this model to forge country-specific pediatric HIV/AIDS strategic plans. In addition, the workshop will serve as a forum for participants to share their program experiences, including lessons learned, successes, and failures. Participants will also learn basic mentoring skills for supporting site level staff in the implementation of pediatric services.

More information about ICAP's pediatric HIV care and treatment activities can be accessed here.

National Conference Examines Strategies for Increasing Access to and Quality of Pediatric HIV/AIDS Services in Ethiopia
ICAP Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, will host the Second National Conference on Pediatric HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment in Ethiopia: Current Status and Prospects, on April 12-13, in Addis Ababa. The conference, which will include local and international experts and implementing partners, will review progress in advancing the pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment agenda in Ethiopia since last year’s meeting. Participants will examine the latest data and guidelines on postnatal HIV transmission and make recommendations for increasing access to and quality of pediatric HIV/AIDS services. Ethiopia’s First Lady and number of ministers are expected to attend the conference.

More information about ICAP Ethiopia can be accessed here.

Pediatric Programs Continue to Strengthen Through South-to-South Partnership

Since December 2006, the South-to-South Partnership (S2S) for Comprehensive Pediatric HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment, a joint program between ICAP and South Africa’s Stellenbosch University, has led training programs for 49 healthcare workers from ICAP-supported programs in Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Zambia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Launched last fall, S2S brings multidisciplinary teams of providers to Stellenbosch University where they share their experiences and learn technical and practical skills for improving their pediatric HIV/AIDS programs. Trainees also learn about HIV care and antiretroviral therapy management of children through rotations at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital at Stellenbosch University.

More information about S2S can be accessed here.
Photo: The Nigerian team discusses a case during the multidisciplinary team exercise.

ICAP Leads MTCT-Plus Training Program for Lesotho Healthcare Workers
In conjunction with the expansion of ICAP activities to Berea and Mafeteng Hospitals, ICAP Lesotho, in collaboration with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, led a Feb. 10-15 training program on MTCT-Plus for 24 Berea healthcare providers. The program consisted of didactic sessions surveying the components of MTCT-Plus, which link services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV with HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and mentorship experiences in various wards at Berea Hospital, including the antiretroviral therapy clinic, pediatric ward, antenatal clinic, maternity ward, medical/tuberculosis ward, and the Adolescent Health Corner. In April, ICAP will lead an MTCT-Plus training program for healthcare providers at Mafeteng Hospital.

More information about ICAP Lesotho can be accessed here.

Hospital Renovations Support Expanded HIV/AIDS Services in Nigeria's Ogoja Region
In March, ICAP Nigeria completed renovations of clinic and laboratory facilities at Ogoja General Hospital (GH), an ICAP-supported comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment site. Along with the renovation work, ICAP provided the facilities with an array of new equipment, including a CD4-cell count machine for measuring immune function in HIV-infected people. ICAP-supported activities at Ogoja GH include prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and integrated tuberculosis/HIV care and treatment. In the Ogoja region, ICAP also supports comprehensive HIV/AIDS services at Catholic Maternity Hospital.

More information about ICAP Nigeria can be accessed here.
Photo: A newly renovated Ogoja General Hospital.

Community-Based Testing Campaign Screens More than 3,000 Children in Rwanda
In March, Kibagabaga Hospital, a new ICAP-supported HIV/AIDS care and treatment site in Kigali Province, launched a three-week HIV counseling and testing campaign targeting more than 3,000 children of HIV-infected mothers and sex workers. During the first week of the campaign, more than 1,500 infants were tested. Ihorere Umwana Ukundwa, a local non-governmental organization that works to economically empower HIV-infected mothers and sex workers, organized the testing campaign with Kibagabaga Hospital. ICAP will be working with Kibagabaga Hospital to extend the testing campaign to all districts of Kigali Province. Supporting expanded HIV counseling and testing is one of ICAP-Rwanda's principal activities.

More information about ICAP Rwanda can be accessed here.

New System Tracks Standardized Prevention Indicators
As part of its ongoing effort to build a uniform reporting system for improving service delivery and identifying successful programs that should be replicated across countries, ICAP’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research (MER) Unit, in collaboration with the ICAP Clinical Unit, has begun tracking activities related to prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. The system, developed with ICAP country programs, will track an estimated 40 standardized PMTCT indicators, including those related to PMTCT plus care and treatment. Prevention data will be included in quarterly MER reports of enrollment figures at ICAP-supported HIV/AIDS care and treatment sites.

El-Sadr Profiled in Nature Medicine Journal
ICAP Director Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, is profiled in the March issue of Nature Medicine. The article may be accessed at http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v13/n3/pdf/nm0307-275.pdf.

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