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Govt, NGOs partner to fight HIV and other diseases

15 July 2014, 10:14

Nairobi - The government welcomed its partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Kenya Red Cross.

The parties have signed grant agreements worth US$238 million that will support Kenya’s continuing fight against HIV and AIDS.

Activities covered by these grants include provision of anti-retroviral drugs, CD4 reagents, condoms and nutrition supplements.

In addition the funding will be utilized in provision of nutrition assessments and equipment’s, cotrimoxazole and HIV test kits.

The funds will also support the training of service providers and health workers and voluntary male circumcision.

“We welcome this funding that is supporting our objective to scale up the number of people under anti-retroviral therapy (ART),” said Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary of the National Treasury.

“We will continue our work to reduce HIV prevalence in the country,” he added.

In addition the grant will also target key populations (gays, sex workers and injecting drug users) with a component designed to improve the technical and programmatic capacity of implementers.

The National Treasury, through the Ministry of Health, will implement the projects in partnership with the two non-governmental organizations.

The work of the two organisations complement each other with the National Treasury undertaking treatment and prevention at facility level.

The programme will be implemented at national level. However some of the interventions will be focused in the most affected counties, numbering 26 out of 47.

The approach will be to use a strategic scheme to scale up treatment and prevention of HIV to achieve set targets and accelerate further progress towards universal access.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the HIV epidemic in the country is ‘generalized’ among the general population and ‘concentrated’ in some geographical areas and among specific most at risk populations.

 - CAJ News

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