Project Start Date: 30.09.09 End Date: 30.12.15
Current Beneficiaries: direct ; 143,549 ; indirect ; 1,226,873
This is a PEPFAR funded comprehensive HIV program implemented in Kisii County and supported through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since its inception in September 2009 and ending in September 2015, the program now in its fourth year seeks to achieve the following objectives: (1) To increase the quality, access and utilization of HIV prevention services at community and facility; (2) To increase the quality, access and utilization of HIV care and treatment at the community and facility; (3) To strengthen the capacity of indigenous institutions and the Ministry of Health (MoH) to implement and deliver comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services at both the community and facility levels.. The programme is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health, to increase access and utilization of HIV prevention, care and treatment services. Specifically, the Chagua Maisha program supports strengthening and expansion of HIV services at the community and facility levels in the following technical areas: elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT); adult and pediatric care and treatment; TB-HIV testing and treatment, HIV testing and counseling (with particular attention to Provider Initiated Testing and Counseling (PITC) as well as partner counseling and testing, Positive Health Dignity and Prevention (PHDP) including increased condom use and contraceptive use/prevention of unwanted pregnancies among People living with HIV (PLHIV) and adopting other prevention approaches and strategies that support primary prevention of HIV among the population and family planning integration targeting uninfected and HIV infected population. The program also integrated Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) as well as reproductive health in HIV programming. The program covers 124 health facilities being public, private and faith-based. As part of the strategy to achieve the intended objectives, the program has laid down modalities to ensure sustainable indigenous health organizations thus reflecting in quality comprehensive HIV services. This includes health facilities renovation and an assortment of medical equipment purchased and distributed to the health facilities.