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US lauds Kenya HIV/AIDS breakthrough

10 September 2013, 20:04

Nairobi -  The United States has applauded Kenya for strides made in addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Isiah Parnell, the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, commended the Uhuru Kenyatta administration for its exemplary implementation of the (U.S) President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an initiative aimed at achieving an "AIDS-Free Generation."

"We appreciate the leadership from Kenyan Government ministries and Kenyan motivation to coordinate this recent AIDS Indicator Survey.  While other countries that work with our PEPFAR programs have implemented similar surveys, the Kenya survey is considered a standout among all others, both for the leadership exhibited by the country and by the survey's innovations.  That includes implementing home-based testing and counseling in the survey process and expanding the age range of persons included in the survey," Parnell said at the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS) Preliminary Report Release in Nairobi on Tuesday.

He added, "I would like to congratulate Kenya on its success. Of course, along with the tremendous advancements made to date, there are still challenges. But if, together, we keep making the same kind of progress that has been documented by this survey, we believe nothing can stand in the way of achieving an AIDS-free generation in Kenya."

Kenya has in recent years experienced a notable decline in HIV prevalence, attributed in part to significant behavioral change and increased access to anti-retroviral treatment.

The new survey the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) released this week showed 5.6 percent of adults in Kenya, an estimated 1.2 million people, are living with HIV/AIDS compared to 2007, when the prevalence was 7.2 percent.

- CAJ News

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