Care and treatment of HIV / AIDS in resource-limited settings. The Columbia clinical manual.
The International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health supports programs designed to promote wellness and to improve health care for HIV-infected individuals and families around the world. By providing a continuum of services, from patient education to HIV-specific treatment, programs such as the MTCT-Plus Initiative and the Multicountry Columbia Antiretroviral Program (MCAP) support the provision of high quality family-focused care for HIV-infected adults and children. Patients enrolled in ICAP programs have access to regular clinical and laboratory assessments, nutritional support, diagnostic testing, family planning services, prophylaxis and management of opportunistic infections, and antiretroviral treatment (ART). Multidisciplinary teams empower patients through psychosocial assistance, patient education, peer support outreach programs, and counseling, adapted by sites to meet the needs of specific cultural environments. The programs also support community outreach and education, and work to build linkages to local organizations and resources. (excerpt)