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Majority of those living with HIV are women

25 February 2014, 17:48 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Majority of those living with HIV in Mombasa are women, according to a report by Women Fighting Aids in Kenya (WOFAK).

Speaking to the press in Mombasa, Wofak field officer Christine Kera said that over 1 822 women are living with HIV in Mombasa County compared to 470 men.

“The high prevalence rate among women is caused by lack knowledge about the spread of diseases and their continued assumptions about the transmission of the disease,” said Kera.

Kera said many women in Mombasa have been left behind in the fight against HIV because of assumptions that information is readly available thus the arlaming number of those affected.

Wofak has embarked on a project in Mombasa County that identifies people living with AIDs and those who have defaulted medication and putting them back on medication.

Kera said they are working with other organizations to eradicate the use of drugs in Mombasa because they have realized that majority of the defaulters in the region are drug users.

“We are now working Mewa hospital which handles drug users to ensure that those who are affected are cared for and undergo rehabilitation to release them from these drug dens,” said Kera.

Wofak are working with eight medical facilities in Mombasa including; Tudor, Maweni, Shimba hills, Mlaleo, Mirirtini, Likoni district hospital and Jomvu which are used as centers to provide assistance.

To date, Wofak has assisted 2 285 clients and 1 234 expectant mothers have been referred to the organization to get assistance on safe delivery.

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