The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named the proposal submitted by ICAP at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health as one of the Top 100 in its 100&Change competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges.
ICAP’s novel project would enable Rwanda to become the first country in the world to eliminate Hepatitis C, a deadly disease that causes immeasurable death and disability. ICAP partnered with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to put forth this ambitious proposal. ICAP brings its vast experience and expertise in scaling up and evaluating programs, together with the leadership and deep commitment of the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the collaboration of CHAI in securing the necessary drugs and laboratory tests and ensuring efficient use of resources. If successful, this historic achievement would prove that hepatitis C can be eliminated on a large scale and inspire other countries to follow Rwanda’s lead.
“With more than 15 years of experience collaborating with health ministries across the globe, including in Rwanda, to tackle major public health threats, we have unmatched ability to get this done,” said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, 2008 MacArthur Fellow and global director of ICAP at Columbia Mailman. “This project, successfully completed, will not only save countless lives in Rwanda, it will serve as a beacon for others, as they endeavor to tackle not only hepatitis C but other major health threats that affect millions of people around the world.”
To date, ICAP has addressed major public health challenges and the needs of local health systems through 6,000 sites across more than 30 countries.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 06