When Margaret first became ill, she did not realize it was because she was HIV-positive. She came to FH Kenya’s Tumaini Medical Center because she was very weak, and did not have anyone to assist her.
When she arrived at the center, she learned her status, and was immediately enrolled in counseling services. She also joined a support group where she found people to whom she could relate, who could help her when she was sick, and who showed her she was not alone. From there, she also started care and treatment.
After just six months, Margaret had undergone a complete transformation. She regained her strength, and was even able to start up her own business. It has been so successful, she now provides loans to others starting their own businesses. But most importantly, she found a renewed sense of hope thanks to the support she received from the community she found in her support group.
THE FH KENYA - BLOOD:WATER PARTNERSHIP
In partnership with FH Kenya, Blood:Water has been committed to providing specialized HIV/AIDS health care services in Marsabit and Isiolo counties through the Tumaini Medical Centers.
Through technical and financial support, Blood:Water has made it possible for Tumaini Medical Centers to increase community coverage and involvement, while building the capacity of the clinic staff. This has allowed the medical center to conduct community outreach, increasing the number of people under care and treatment. To date, more than 1,000 people living with HIV/AIDS have been enrolled in care and treatment.
After multiple WASH and HIV/AIDS grants over the course of nearly 10 years of partnership, 2017 marks a significant transition for Blood:Water and FH Kenya. We are entering into phase-out transition in which we will emphasize the successful handoff of medical care from FH Kenya to local government facilities, while strengthening local social services and support groups. The goal of the current project is to strengthen the management of the transition process of those who were being cared for by the Tumaini Medical Center to government health facilities by promoting sustainable community-based care and ART adherence support. Specifically, the current project will:
Transition management and retention of HIV care and treatment for more than 1,000 people living with HIV/AIDS who were formerly enrolled at Tumaini Medical Center to government health facilities by June 2017.
Support sustainable involvement of Marsabit and Isiolo communities in driving demand for increased ART uptake and adherence among both adults and children through the training of community health volunteers and community health extension workers.
Increase social welfare services to HIV-positive persons, and promote peer-to-peer adherence support for care and treatment by starting new support groups, and training and engaging peer educators.
Facilitate the continuity of hygiene and nutrition support care for 1,000 patients from the health facility to their homes.
Food for the Hungry (FH) began working in Kenya in 1976 with an emergency relief program. Operations have since expanded with the goal of eradicating poverty among the most vulnerable communities by focusing on and providing services related to pastoralist livelihood; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); health and nutrition; HIV/AIDS; and child development.
In 2002, FH Kenya increased its focus on HIV/AIDS to provide quality community and family-oriented HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Later, in 2008, in partnership with the Anglican Church of Kenya, FH established the Tumaini Medical Center in Marsabit and Isiolo to provide a comprehensive approach to HIV care and treatment through the provision of antiretroviral treatment (ARVs), counseling, testing, nutrition services, and social support.
Background: Following 70 years of British colonization, Africans began to protest Great Britain's rule over Kenya. In 1952, after years of unrest and rebellion, Governor Sir Everlyn Baring declared a state of emergency for the country, eventually forcing the colonial government to allow for African representation in the Legislative Council. Eight African leaders were elected, leading to the formation of the Kenya African National Union (KANU). KANU attained 83 of the 124 seats in the House of Representatives in 1963, and gained full independence later that year under Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
After gaining its independence, the country focused on establishing peace and stability, and has since played a large role in establishing peace and stability in East Africa as a whole.
Country Population: 47 million
National Languages: English and Kiswahili
Sources: kenyaembassy.com, CIA Factbook 2017