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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.

The project

Based in four areas of the Nyanza Province, the CHAPP project began with three key aims in order to help break down individual and community-wide barriers to prevention:

  • Address the deep-rooted cultural norms that affect safe sex practices and HIV/AIDS prevention;
  • Raise awareness and knowledge regarding the importance and availability of numerous prevention services, such as Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT), Antenatal Clinic (ANC) and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) services;
  • Improve access to and increase demand for these protective and preventative services.

“In the project we are trying to underscore the need for the community to rise up and take charge of its own needs, especially people who are affected by HIV/AIDS, especially trying to reduce PMTCT, maternal-child infection. And the structure that SOTENI has is a community-based organisation that functions independently; it has its own local management committee and it is selected to represent the larger community of Ugenya.”

- Edward Wanyonyi, SOTENI

We are trying to underscore the need for the community to rise up and take charge of its own needs, especially people who are affected by HIV/AIDS, especially trying to reduce PMTCT

Edward Wanyonyi, SOTENI

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