AHF Kenya began operations in 2007 and was officially registered as a National NGO in June 2008. Clinics are run in collaboration with partners, the Ministry of Health and local governments.
AHF Kenya has a prevention program which works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in HIV testing and condom distribution. AHF Kenya’s strategic partners include the Ministry of Health through NASCOP and NACC, Civil Society Organizations including NEPHAK, KANCO, KELIN, HENNET among others.
AHF Kenya also supports a multi-pronged prevention program that includes monthly outreach of free HIV testing and counseling into a multitude of local communities which allows the team to identify people living with HIV who are out of care and link them to services. More than 170,500 people were tested in 2013 through AHF Kenya’s rapid testing program, and over 1.4 million condoms were distributed through local outreach and safer sex promotions. In May 2014, AHF Kenya opened the AHF Plaza in the capital city of Nairobi. This state-of-the-art healthcare plaza was built by AHF from the ground up through a partnership with the country’s Ministry of Health and provides free antiretroviral therapy, HIV counseling and testing, condom promotion and distribution, HIV care and treatment including management of opportunistic infections, lab monitoring and STI management.
As of 2015, approximately 1.6 million Kenyans were living with HIV. An estimated 101,560 new HIV infections occurred that year. HIV related deaths have significantly reduced over the years due to the increase in number of people accessing treatment. Overall, there are marked gender disparities which characterize the HIV epidemic with higher prevalence being amongst women at 7.6% compared to men at 5.6%. NASCOP surveys in 2013 found that 93.7% of new infections were caused by sexual transmission, and that there are approximately 62,000 new HIV infections every year.
Kenya’s HIV prevalence, among adults 15-64 years old, is estimated to be 5.9% (Kenya Progress Report 2016). Kenya has reported 77,647 new HIV infections with 51% being young people ages 15-24 years. The lowest prevalence is Wajir County (0.4 %) with Homabay County having the highest prevalence at 26%.
Out of the 1.6 million Kenyans living with HIV, approximately 900,000 are on treatment.
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