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The Community-led HIV/AIDS Prevention Project, Kenya

We partnered with SOTENI Kenya to promote prevention of mother-to-child transmission services in the Nyanza province of Kenya.

Introduction

Hi, my name is Edward Wanyonyi, and I am the Programme Manager of SOTENI. I’d like to tell you about our latest initiative, the Community-led HIV/AIDS Prevention Project (CHAPP), which supports intervention services in the Nyanza province of Kenya in order to promote prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). One interesting aspect of our approach is working with SOTENI’s unique AIDS Barefoot Doctors, but I’ll tell you more about them later.

Our organisation, SOTENI, was founded in 2002 by a group of American and African volunteers passionate about preventing HIV/AIDS and reducing its effects. Through early work we found that the best way to empower vulnerable people was to strengthen their communities, and since then we have been dedicated to community development.

Key Facts

Project Name:
Community-led HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme (CHAPP)

Run by:
SOTENI Kenya

Region:
Nyanza Province, Kenya

Populations:
PLWHA; women of child bearing age; all sexually active men and women

Challenges:
Cultural norms; lack of understanding about the importance of local health services and how to access them

Activities:
Educating the community via sessions at local gatherings, support groups, in-home visits and promotional materials; Providing in-home care services; Building networks with other community-based organisations and local health facilities; Creating synergies with our AIDS Barefoot Doctors (ABDs) Programme and working with our ABDs to deliver educational information and care, and increase referrals to local health services