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