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People living with HIV call on the govt to increase their kitty

30 April 2015, 12:09 Mike Munga

Nairobi - People living with HIV have expressed their displeasure at the continued decline of quality comprehensive HIV and AIDs prevention, treatment, care and support services in public health facilities in the country.

Addressing the media in Nairobi, they said there is a looming danger if the government does not chip in to assist with funds for procuring ARV's.

Sauti Sikika Champion, Joyce Nduta, attributed the continued decrease of essential facilities to inadequate funding by the government.

The young adolescent who has been living with the condition since birth urged President Kenyatta to keep his promise of ending adolescent AIDs in the country.

Nephak Director, Nelson Otuoma, said testing and counseling for HIV is increasingly becoming inaccessible in Nairobi, Mombasa and rural counties of the former Coastal province.

He added that donor supported clinics that served sex workers and homosexuals in the country have been closed due to lack of enough funding.

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"We believe the deterioration of services and de-motivation of healthcare workers has been occasioned by the changes brought about by the USG- PEPFAR transition that has stopped supporting some facilities and some staff," he said, adding that HIV tests should not be hard to access.

The director added that if the support from US-based PEPFAR continues to decrease, then gains made to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDs shall be undone and urged the government to make timely and appropriate investment on the same.

He said the National government needs to plan for KES 12 000 per patient per year during the 2015 budget allocation.

"The government should formalize its plans for ensuring sustainable domestic financing for HIV. The previous government started this work and by 2012 signed a Cabinet Memo on HIVand NCD's trust fund which has since stalled," he said.

He urged the County governments to prioritize on testing, counseling and support to HIV prevention intervention, by allocating enough money for the same.

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