ICAP-Supported Symposium on Scale-Up of HIV Services

Nov. 7, 2008 -- Country directors for the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP) of the Mailman School of Public Health will meet at Columbia University the week of Nov. 10. In conjunction with their visit, ICAP will host a public symposium titled "Expansion of HIV Care in Africa: A Path for Better Health Services for All?" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m., in Alumni Auditorium, 630 W. 168th Street, on the campus of the Columbia University Medical Center. The goal of the symposium is to examine how the scale-up of HIV services has the potential to spur a transformation of healthcare systems with benefits for all patients, not only those who are HIV positive.

Linda Fried, MD, MPH, dean of the Mailman School, will make opening remarks.

The program will include presentations by Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, ICAP director, and the following country directors:

  • Raphael Ntumy, ICAP-Lesotho country director: "Moving from MTCT-Plus to Health Systems Strengthening in Lesotho"
  • Amy Cunningham, ICAP-Tanzania country director: "Bolstering Health Systems through HIV-related Laboratory and Infrastructure Improvements in Tanzania"
  • Zenebe Melaku, ICAP-Ethiopia country director: "HIV/AIDS: A Catalyst for Establishing New Cadres of Health Workers in Ethiopia"

A panel discussion will be moderated by ICAP's David Hoos and Pamela Collins, assistant professor of clinical epidemiology and clinical psychiatry at the Mailman School. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. A reception will follow.