18 January 2013

Kenya: NGO Wants More Done to Fight Aids

AN international non governmental organisation boss has termed the government's policy on eradicating HIV/Aids as weak.

Michael Weinstein the president of Aids Health Care Foundation said it is unfortunate that in a country where more than 65,000 people die from the scourge, there are rarely any billboards educating people about the disease.

"I had expected to see billboards in Mombasa town which advocate for the fight of HIV like the use of condoms for prevention. But have so far seen none," he said.

Weinstein was speaking at the office of Mombasa town clerk Tubmun Otieno when he made a courtesy call. He said it is inexcusable for a child to be born HIV positive in this era.

At the same time, more than 380 people were tested in a door-to-door HIV/Aids campaign and 31,680 condoms distributed in the slum area of Maweni in the new Nyali constituency.

The campaign is part of the demographic survey which is been conducted by the AHF before a multimillion HIV/AIDS programme is rolled out in Mombasa county in the next few months.

The programme will involve the training of midwives, health social workers and health stake holders before being launched officially. "We have tested more than 380 general public, majority being the youth and distributed 22 boxes of condoms which contain 1,440 pieces each," said Paul Kamunya coordinator of AHF Kenya.

He said they carry out the tests once a week in Changamwe, Likoni and Kongowea. Kamunya said their aim is to help the residents know their health status to curb the spread of the disease in the county.

He said they targeted the slums because Aids is more prevalent in such areas as many residents tend not to be cautious with their health and sex life.

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