In the past decade, Kenya sustained its enhanced commitment to the HIV response. The Kenya AIDS Strategic Framework 2014/2015 - 2018/2019 projects the country?s commitment moving forward, with a clear focus on reducing new HIV infections by 75%, reducing AIDS related mortality by 25%, reducing HIV related stigma and discrimination by 50% and increasing domestic financing of the HIV response to 50%. Achieving this will require decisive actions that use new evidence in combating the epidemic, ensuring the delivery of efficient, innovative, effective and scalable interventions that are population relevant as well as building on previous successes and previously achieved results.
In 2009, CARE International in Kenya (CARE) was appointed by the Kenya Coordinating Mechanism for HIV, Malaria and TB Programs as the Principle Recipient for the Global Fund Round 7 (GFR7) HIV and AIDS Program (non-government component), with a goal of improving the quality of life for People Living with HIV (PLHIVs) and reducing new HIV infections in Kenya. The program?s objectives included working with government and other partners to ensure scaling up and maintaining PLHIVs on ART, increasing access to HIV testing and counselling, increasing uptake of HIV prevention and treatment services, and strengthening institutional capacity to effectively implement and monitor HIV and AIDS services in Kenya.
Through the program, CARE worked with various target groups and populations including: men and women between the age of 15-49, particularly those in hard to reach areas, youth in and out of school including men and women, boys and girls aged between the age of 10-35, People Living with HIV and their families or treatment buddies, Most at Risk Populations including sex workers and their clients, men who have sex with men (MSM), injecting drug users (IDUs), long distance truckers and prisoners in a total of 35 counties including high burden, medium burden and low burden counties including some of the hardest to reach areas of the country. In these counties the program targeted both urban and rural populations.
In the documents below, CARE shares key program results, stories of lives that were changed by the program, and best practices that can be replicated in Kenya and beyond ? reducing new infections, extending the reach for counselling and testing services to various populations groups and regions, as a critical entry point to HIV care and treatment, linking people living with HIV to care and treatment services, supporting adherence and psychosocial support of those living with HIV and building the capacity of organizations implementing robust HIV actions in Kenya. The evaluation noted:
Read the details, the numbers and the stories below: