Kenya

Mildmay Kenya works to empower communities to deliver HIV health care services through support, education and training. We work to reach key affected and at-risk groups including young women, children, adolescents, MSM,and sex workers.

There are 1.6 million adults and children living with HIV in Kenya

Mildmay Kenya – taken from Mildmay’s Impact Report for 2017

Mildmay UK visit Mildmay Kenya team

In a very challenging year, with frequent health worker strikes, disrupted service delivery and unrest at election time, the outstanding Mildmay team went the extra mile to deliver a wide range of services. Working through outreaches or voluntary services, they ensured that clients, especially women and children, received essential medical care, such as access to immunisation, antenatal care and delivery.

We addressed the rising rate of HIV infection and pregnancy among adolescent girls by providing access to HIV counselling and testing, reproductive health services, peer support, enrolment for antiretroviral treatment if HIV-positive, and education through performance art.

Our 2017 highlights include …

  • Mildmay were again selected to implement the next round of Global Fund for HIV project

  • 40 students graduated with a BSc in health system development approach to care and management, from our programme with Uzima University

  • Plans to launch an international Board and a Maternal and Neonatal Health project in Mageta

HIV prevention for young people

Kenya’s Siaya County region has an HIV prevalence of nearly 25%, four times the national rate. We targeted tens of thousands of young people and adolescents in this area with HIV prevention strategies.

Magnet Theatre

  • Nearly 17,500 young people received HIV testing services, with 369 referred for HIV care and support

  • The Magnet Theatre project got word out on HIV prevention, testing and education to some 17,700 young people, with testing available with parental consent

  • Sessions based around the popular Shuga TV drama series, presented by trained facilitators, reached 925 young people with messages on HIV prevention, risk, reduction and behavior change

Elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission

  • Over 2,600 women, referred by community health volunteers, took part in health education sessions and all accessed an HIV test. 145 joined our programme to eliminate mother-to-child transmission

  • 2,130 women were given access to trained midwives, with resulting safer and better care for mother and child. Nearly 120 new mothers were HIV-positive, and we are following up their babies

  • Nearly 170 babies at high risk of HIV infection were followed up for HIV prevention for 18 months, with 62 graduating as HIV-negative

The Mildmay difference: hope for my child 

This was the happiest day of my life since I learnt that I had HIV. Just being told that my baby was finally HIV-negative and free of the virus, I jumped up and down in joy.’ Young mother Aska, enrolled on the Elimination of Mother to Child HIV Transmission programme

More than half (51%) of all new HIV infections in Kenya in 2015 occurred among adolescents and young people (aged 15-24 years), a rapid rise from 29% in 2013. Kenyan Ministry of Health/National AIDS Control Council 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information about HIV in Kenya visit AVERT or UNAID 

Registered Charity no: 292058

 

 

 

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