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THE CURRENT STATUS & RESPONSE TOWARDS AIDS IN KENYA. Dr. Margaret Akinyi Wagah, RENEWAL KENYA National Coordinator Dr. Samwel Boaz Otieno, Kenya NAP. THE BIG CHALLENGE. 1.5 million Kenyans have died of AIDS. 1.8 million are orphaned.

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The current status response towards aids in kenya

THE CURRENT STATUS & RESPONSE TOWARDS AIDS IN KENYA

Dr. Margaret Akinyi Wagah,

RENEWAL KENYA National Coordinator

Dr. Samwel Boaz Otieno, Kenya NAP


The big challenge

THE BIG CHALLENGE

  • 1.5 million Kenyans have died of AIDS.

  • 1.8 million are orphaned.

  • The economic loss per day is estimated to be about Kshs. 200 million.

  • Life expectancy in the country has dropped from 60 years in 1993 to about 47 years 2003 due to HIV/AIDS.


Prevalence rates

PREVALENCE RATES


Various sectors impacted nagatively by hiv aids

VARIOUS SECTORS IMPACTED NAGATIVELY BY HIV/AIDS

For Example, in Agriculture:

Direct Impact:

  • Reduction of labor supply (in 1999, MoA attributed 58% of staff deaths to AIDS-related complications)

  • Reduction in productivity

  • Reductions in Food security

  • Decline in nutritional & Health status in resource poor settings in AIDS affected households…


Rk s partners

RK’s PARTNERS

  • RK established in mid-2005

  • RENEWAL Kenya aims at strengthening partnerships with organizations addressing HIV, Food and Nutrition security in the country

  • National Aids Control Program: RK sits in the Joint HIV Program Review


Rk s partners1

RK’s PARTNERS

Other partners include:

  • IDRC, SIDA, ACTION-AID

  • Local NGOs eg Tropical institute of community health in Africa (TICH), KAIPPG, ROP

  • Institutions of higher learning e.g. Moi University (AMPATH), Kenyatta University


Rk s current achievements

RK’s CURRENT ACHIEVEMENTS

To achieve RENEWALS core pillars of AR, CS & PC, RK has been involved in the following activities:

  • Background paper for Kenya & stakeholder mapping

  • Regional meeting held in Nairobi (2005, 2006)

  • RK Round Table Workshop (2006)

  • Partnerships established with policy/program organizations

  • Local meetings with international visitors e.g. USAID (Health Child survival/HIV; Nutrition Technical Adviser); Wall Street Journal Staff Reporter)

  • Dissemination of RK AMPATH Study in number of fora, international and local (IAC, Toronto, 33rd session Geneva, upcoming Kenyatta University conference)


Rks priorities and future activities

RKs PRIORITIES and Future Activities

Action Research

  • T1 – AIDS and Environment (MSU, CDC, ILRI)

  • T2 – OVCs, livelihoods and social protection (neglected in Kenya to date)

  • T3 - Follow up to AMPATH study (phase 2, links to TASO work)

    Capacity Strengthening

  • Professional development (policy makers, NAP members, implementers – modules)

  • Regional cross-learning, cooperation

  • Strengthening N-S research collaborations

  • Communications

  • Development of policy briefs as outreach to key policy ministries

  • Engagement in policy discussions relevant to AIDS, FNS

  • Dissemination of research in local, national, regional and international for a (ongoing)


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