Project title: Increasing Access to Quality Comprehensive HIV Prevention Services for the Most –at – Risk Populations (MARPS) in Kenya

Funding agency: Hope Worldwide Kenya

Project Summary

The project seeks to increase access to Quality and Comprehensive HIV Prevention Services for the Most –at – Risk Populations (MARPS) in Kenya. The aim of the project is to offer health information and relevant medical assistance to the Most-at-risk population.

The project is implemented through having Health Education sessions where information is shared. Condom distribution and Information Education communication materials also distributed. HIV Counseling and testing services are offered, STI screening and management, ART provision, OIs management, Reproductive Health services including family planning, TB screening treatment and referral.  

 Project Objectives

  • 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 for reduced  MARPs' vulnerability to HIV infection

Key achievements
Since the project inception, great strides have been made to complement the objectives of the DIC. The health Education sessions have seen 375 clients mobilized and reached with health education sessions and also tested for HIV as well as screened for other STIs. 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.  Support groups have also been formed and meeting occasionally and taken through different topics of therapeutic, Promotive and preventive services.

Lessons learnt.

  • The involvement of PLHIV in programme development, implementation and evaluation improved the relevance, acceptability and effectiveness of the 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.