Project title: Increasing Access to Quality Comprehensive HIV Prevention Services for the Most –at – Risk Populations (MARPS) in Kenya
Funding agency: Hope Worldwide Kenya
The project started being implemented in Kajiado district in the Drop in Service Centre in Ongata Rongai. The project began in 1st April 2011 and is carrying on in 2012. The aim of the project is to offer health information and offer relevant medical assistance to the Most-at-risk population.
The approach that is being employed so as to reach this group is through having Health Education sessions were information will be shared. Condom distribution and Information Education communication materials are being distributed. The group is also being able to access HIV Counselling and testing services, STI screening and management, ART provision, OIs management, Reproductive Health services including family planning, TB screening treatment and referral.
- Improve and expand sexual and other behavioral risk prevention interventions to increase healthy behaviors among the MARPs.
- Improve and expand access to quality biomedical services for MARPs and the general population
- Strengthen structural systems to support reduction of MARPs' vulnerability to HIV infection
In the Drop in Centre since when the Project began there have been many strides that have been made to complement the works that were initially being done. The health Education sessions that began has seen 375 clients being mobilized and reached with health education sessions and also tested to get to know their status and also STI screening done to them and tests done at the laboratory. In terms of the Condom uptake the number has continued to rise and currently stands at 44,687 male condoms distributed and 600 female condoms. The support group has also been meeting and have been taken through the various topics of therapeutic, promotive and preventive services.
- The involvement of PLWHIV in programme development, implementation and evaluation improved the relevance, acceptability and effectiveness of project in the region.
- At community level, the participation of people living with HIV and MARPS changed perceptions, as well as provided valuable experiences and knowledge.
- At the individual level, involvement was observed to improve self-esteem and boost morale, decrease isolation and depression, and improve health through access to information about care and prevention.