The University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP), established in September 2002 through an award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the direction of the Global AIDS Program, provides a wide range of technical support to address HIV in Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. UTAP provides funding and technical assistance to support clinical programs, laboratory facilities, and community partnerships in addressing HIV.
In Tanzania, UTAP focuses on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (pMTCT) services. The program assists select sites with initial development and implementation of pMTCT, while enhancing programs already in place at other facilities. In Mozambique, UTAP has developed two model pMTCT centers and supported the renovation of five laboratory facilities. In Rwanda, UTAP is developing model centers of pediatric care.
UTAP is distinguished for its work on HIV/TB linkages. In Rwanda, UTAP provides various forms of assistance in addressing the connections between HIV and TB in patient populations, including clinical training, laboratory development, and collaborations with Ministries of Health to establish and implement complementary HIV and TB care.
In-country offices lead UTAP initiatives. These field teams offer important perspectives on the particular support needed in each region. Columbia University officers who hold UTAP positions are based at in-country offices and health facilities. Jessica Justman, MD, who is based in New York, serves as UTAP director.