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2M Kenyans have benefited from HIV programme

23 December 2014, 08:40 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - At least 2 million Kenyans have benefited from a five year HIV prevention and treatment programme initiated by Care International Kenya.

The Global Fund Round 7 HIV program which has been ongoing in 37 counties in the country saw over 700 000 Kenyans know their HIV status.

The program targeted persons living with HIV/AIDs and their family members to educate them on the Anti-Retroviral (ART) programme.

Assistant Director Care International Kenya, Rosemary Mueni Mbaluka said the project was aimed at supporting HIV viral load suppression in the country.

“This is a critical enabler for preventing new infections and as a result, it has gone a long way in reducing the HIV prevalence in the country. As indicated by the Kenya Aids Indicator Survey, the programme’s impact results do show that our program is one of those that have contributed to achieving the national targets in the fight against HIV,” said Mbaluka.

Mbaluka said that according to the report, there was a substantial increase in the number of beneficiaries that reported the utilization of condoms compared to non beneficiaries of the programme.

She also said the programme contributed to huge reduction of risky behaviors as per the program findings.

The director noted that the program reached out to the youth population including adolescents and drug addicts.

“These are populations which are hard to get and we had to use more innovative and proactive ways of finding them, including using sex workers and MSMs themselves,” she said.

Michael Karisa, one of the beneficiaries from Shanzu in Mombasa County, said that for the past one decade he has been sharing needles and syringes for heroine with his colleagues.

The number of youths who inject drugs through shared needles and syringes in Mombasa has increased in the recent past, a habit that has exposed them to HIV and AIDs.

Most of the affected areas are Kisauni, Likoni, Mombasa Highland and Changamwe.

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