ICAP at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has received funding from PEPFAR through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a five-year Quality Improvement Capacity and Impact Project to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, safety, accessibility and equity of HIV services in low and middle income countries. HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured or medically vulnerable.
[Photo: In Cameroon, an infant receives a medical screening at a local health facility]
“The global AIDS response has ambitious goals,” said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP and professor of Epidemiology and Medicine. “In order to achieve them, we need to continuously improve the quality of HIV programs, as well as providing HIV services to more people.”
Through this project, ICAP will assist ministries of health and local partners in PEPFAR-supported countries to obtain efficient technical assistance for quality assurance and quality improvement, enabling them to improve program quality and to build local capacity to monitor program performance, identify quality challenges, explore root causes, develop targeted interventions, and conduct rapid, iterative tests of change.
“This is an important opportunity to support quality improvement in a wide range of countries and contexts,” said Dr. Miriam Rabkin, director of health system strategies at ICAP and principal investigator of the project. “We look forward to partnering with ministries of health to enhance the performance of HIV programs, and to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities around the world.”
The first quality improvement project will be in Cameroon, where ICAP will support a quality collaborative involving 16 health facilities, working together to improve turn-around time for the tests to diagnose HIV in infants.