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School & Program Updates

School & Program Updates

Columbia’s ICAP Funded to Continue Support for Mozambique’s HIV Response

ICAP will provide technical assistance, capacity building, and program implementation support to provincial and district health directorates in two Mozambique provinces with a new five-year award from PEPFAR and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through a continuing partnership with the country’s Ministry of Health, ICAP at the Mailman School of Public Health will lead a second transformational scale up of HIV services that is necessary to achieve control of the epidemic. This new project will draw upon ICAP’s experience and scientific leadership in Mozambique, as a PEPFAR implementing partner since 2004, working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health.

At the facility and community level, efforts will aim to intensify and focus HIV prevention, adult and pediatric care, and voluntary medical male circumcision services in Nampula and Zambézia provinces. To advance tuberculosis care through HIV services, ICAP will tailor service delivery to optimize case identification and patient retention. At the national level, ICAP will work with the Ministry to increase capacity for service delivery, stewardship, and continuous quality improvement.

There are an estimated 1.5 million people living with HIV in Mozambique or approximately 10.6 percent of the population. Mozambique has made important strides, however, in expanding access to HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy, and new HIV infections among adults are down by 40 percent from 2004. Tuberculosis also poses a public health challenge, and Mozambique is one of the world’s 22 High Burden Countries, according to the World Health Organization.

“ICAP is honored to continue this important work with the Ministry of Health,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, ICAP director, professor of Epidemiology and the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair of Global Health. “We will take forward our successful partnerships and interventions in the two target provinces and work together to drive Mozambique’s achievement of the 90-90-90 goals.”