ICAP in Lesotho Recognized with Implementing Partners’ Award from President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Lesotho

March 19, 2008 – On March 10, the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) in Lesotho was awarded the 2007 Implementing Partner’s Award by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Lesotho. The award recognizes ICAP for “outstanding program planning, monitoring and reporting” and is the first award of its type to be given to a PEPFAR implementing partner in Lesotho. ICAP is a center of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

“We are heartened to be recognized by PEPFAR for our work in Lesotho,” said ICAP-Lesotho Country Director Raphael Ntumy, MD. “We are committed to working closely with our partners to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and scale up comprehensive HIV services for women, children and their families.”

Joan Atkinson, former PEPFAR coordinator in Lesotho, commended ICAP for its “fantastic job of monitoring and reporting ICAP activities.” She added, “ICAP truly deserved to win the award because of its contribution to PEPFAR’s accomplishments in Lesotho.” 

ICAP has been supporting the implementation of multidisciplinary, family-centered HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs in Lesotho since January 2006. Specific goals include reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and HIV-related morbidity and mortality among women, children and their families. By the end of December 2007, ICAP-supported programs were providing antiretroviral therapy to approximately one-third of those people who started such treatment in Lesotho. In Lesotho, ICAP provides technical assistance to healthcare facilities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Christian Health Association of Lesotho. ICAP Lesotho also supports training activities in Maseru, Mohale’s Hoek, Mafeteng and Quthing districts to build capacity of healthcare workers for delivering high-quality, comprehensive HIV/AIDS services and enhancing monitoring and evaluation systems.