The Kenyan government on Wednesday (August 20th) launched a new HIV prevention programme in an effort to achieve "zero new HIV infections in Kenya", United Nations AIDS announced.
The Kenya HIV Prevention Revolution Road Map was developed in partnership with the National AIDS Control Council and the National AIDS and STI Control Programme, with support from international partners.
"This trailblazing proposal builds on Kenya's leading role in the global HIV response to offer a new blueprint for the future and a scalable model for other countries' efforts," said Kenya's Cabinet Secretary of Health James Macharia.
The road map aims to achieve no new HIV infections in Kenya, and to this end presents a number of new strategic, programmatic and financial approaches to tackling the problem. It is seen as a means by which Kenya can move from a countrywide AIDS response towards a more comprehensive approach encompassing biomedical, behavioural and structural HIV programmes targeting populations at higher risk of infection.
In 2013 it was estimated that 1.6 million people were living with HIV in Kenya. Despite a general decline in annual new HIV infections, an estimated 100,000 new HIV infections were recorded in the country in 2013.