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The International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health reached an important milestone in its global work. As of September 2010, one million persons living with HIV have gained access to critical HIV-related care services through its work in Africa.
Since its establishment in 2003, ICAP has contributed to the establishment and scale-up of HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
“This is a major milestone for ICAP and a key contribution in the global effort to reach the many millions of individuals who need access to HIV services,” said ICAP Director Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, and professor of Epidemiology and Medicine. “However, much remains to be done. We will continue to expand our efforts working hand-in-hand with ministries of health and other in-country organizations to develop the capacity to confront HIV and other critical issues in public health such as tuberculosis and malaria.”
ICAP is a global leader in HIV services and related programs. With a staff of more than 1,000 individuals worldwide, ICAP helps in the development of innovative programs and strengthening of health systems across Africa. It supports more than 1,200 health care facilities with enhanced HIV services, other related services, state-of-the art laboratories, clinical mentoring, data management systems and community linkages. ICAP faculty lead research efforts in HIV and TB research in the United States and globally.