ICAP Supporting More Than 134,000 People in Africa and Asia with HIV Care and Treatment

Sept. 7, 2006

NEW YORK, NY — More than 134,000 HIV-infected people in Africa and Asia are currently receiving HIV care, including 50,650 people receiving life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART), through programs supported by the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

“In two-and-a-half years, we have made substantial progress in bringing HIV care to the people who most desperately need it,” said ICAP director Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH. “We will continue scaling up our programs around the world while focusing on supporting high-quality care and treatment to people suffering from HIV/AIDS.” By 2009, ICAP plans to provide HIV care and services to more than 190,000 HIV-infected people worldwide, including ART to more than 116,000 people.

ICAP supports comprehensive, family-focused HIV care and treatment programs at 129 sites in 13 countries, principally in sub-Saharan Africa. Using multidisciplinary teams to provide technical and programmatic support, ICAP programs work directly within the National HIV Control Programs and public health care systems of its host countries. Among the important features of ICAP programs are: unique family-focused approach, innovative training programs for non-physician-providers of HIV care; initiatives to expand HIV care and treatment for children, including the prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child and the establishment of Pediatric Centers for Excellence; and support for model centers for integrated tuberculosis/HIV care and treatment.

 “ICAP’s contributions to the global efforts for the expansion of HIV care and treatment are remarkable,” said Allan Rosenfield, MD, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health. “The focus on high-quality, family-focused HIV care and treatment distinguish ICAP as a model to be followed.”

ICAP supports programs in the following countries: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Thailand.
ICAP programs are funded by The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. ICAP also is supported with funding from the following foundations: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Starr Foundation.