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Adolescents Count Today, Kenya

A project working to mitigate the impact of HIV for adolescents living with or affected by HIV in Kenya by providing access to micro-credit and income-generating activities.

Introduction

Hi, my name is Kevin Osborne and I am the Senior HIV/AIDS Advisor at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Working in over 170 countries around the world, IPPF aims to empower the most vulnerable women, men and young people to access life-saving services and programmes. We provide help, advice, services, advocacy and supplies relating to any aspect of sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, maternal and child health, and HIV treatment, prevention, and care. These services are delivered largely through IPPF Member Associations in communities across the globe.

Today I’m pleased to take you on a tour of “Adolescents Count Today” (ACT), an initiative implemented in partnership with our Member Association, Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK). ACT seeks to improve the quality of life for 8,000 adolescents living with or affected by HIV in Eldoret, Thika and Nakuru, Kenya. Our goal with the project is to ensure that the attention and dialogue focused on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (including HIV) in this region is met with sustained action.

Before I begin, I would like to thank Esther Muketo, Programme Manager for Service Delivery at FHOK, for joining me to explain this project and its impact so far.

Key Facts

Project Name: Adolescents Count Today (ACT)

Run by: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) through our Member Association Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK)

Region: Eldoret, Thika and Nakuru, Kenya

Population: Adolescents ages 10-19 living with or affected by HIV, and their families

Challenges:High/disproportionate HIV rates among adolescent girls; Lack of access to sexual and reproductive health information, support and resources in and out of home; Need for economic support to help provide tangible and sustainable solutions for adolescents (particularly young women and girls and those living with and affected by HIV.)

Activities: Integrated, family-centred education and communication-skills programme; HIV and sexual and reproductive health service delivery for adolescents; Micro-credit and income generating activities – aimed especially at young women and girls; Skills and mentorship training

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