APHIAplus (AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance), Kamili

U.S. Presidential Initiatives:

  • Global Health Initiative
  • President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Funding Level:
$100 million

Duration:
January 2011 - December 2015

Activity Goals:

  • Increase use of and demand for quality health services, products and information
  • Scale-up and expand community and facility health service delivery especially to marginalized, poor and underserved populations
  • Strengthen water and sanitation programs
  • Strengthen food and economic security of households caring for orphans and vulnerable children
  • Address gender issues in health services\
  • Design and implement effective behavior change communication programs

Activity Accomplishments (2013):

  • Supported 134,619 HIV orphans and vulnerable children
  • Tested 83,427 women for HIV, identified 2,135 HIV-infected women and provided ARV prophylaxis to virtually all of them and their exposed babies
  • Reduced mother-to-child transmission to 8 percent
  • Currently supporting 24,055 patients on ART treatment

Activity Locations:
11 counties in central and eastern Kenya namely; Nyeri, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Murang’a, Embu, Machakos, Meru, Tharaka-Nithi, Makueni, and Kitui.

Key Partners:
Ministry of Health, National AIDS and STI Control Programme, Division of Reproductive Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Services

JHPIEGO, National Organization of Peer Educators, African Medical and Research Foundation, Kenya Red Cross, Liverpool VCT, Land O’Lakes, PATH, Christian Health Association of Kenya, ICAP, Government of Kenya Ministries of Health, and Kenyan faith-based and community-based organizations
 


ACTIVITY OVERVIEW
USAID Kenya supports an integrated service delivery model to improve the health of Kenyans across the country. The AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance program, also known as APHIAplus, combines family planning, maternal/child health, malaria, nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services to provide an integrated, high-quality, equitable approach to sustainable services at the national, county, and community levels. Integrating these activities through one program provides more effective communication and coordination with county health administrators.  Seamless services and technical support at the local level ensure health workers address the unique needs of each geographic area across the country.

ACTIVITY AREAS
APHIAplus Kamili, Kamili means complete or perfect in Kiswahili, works with the government and community-based organizations to:

Ensure access to quality health services and products
APHIAplus Kamili builds the capacity of health care providers to deliver high-quality health services. Specifically, the activity is helping people living with HIV/AIDS gain access to counseling and treatment, and is reducing child deaths through improved maternal and newborn child health services at health facilities.

Improve the well-being of the poor and marginalized groups
At the community level, the activity is strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene activities and is improving the food security and economic well-being of households caring for orphans and vulnerable children. It assists orphans and vulnerable children with education, life-skills training and suggestions for income generation.

ACTIVITY IMPACT
When community health worker Cecily Wanyaga promotes healthy behaviors and HIV prevention and treatment services among her neighbors, she speaks from her heart—and experience.

Community health workers like Cecily learned about access to HIV prevention and treatment services through the work of APHIAplus Kamili. This training allowed Cecily to educate her own community about the importance of adhering to HIV drug regimens and maintaining good nutrition.

Now, Cecily goes from house to house, visiting close to 100 people every month. She provides health education on home-based care for HIV, as well as referrals to health facilities. Cecily also spreads awareness about HIV treatment at public gatherings, churches and youth groups.

“People living with HIV can identify with me—that helps to convince them to return to care and treatment,” said Cecily, adding that she has so far convinced three HIV-positive women to give birth at the hospital instead of at home. All three women delivered HIV-free children.

Cecily credits APHIAplus Kamili with allowing her to feel comfortable disclosing her own HIV status. “The ability to disclose my status has helped our community a lot,” said Cecily, “we formed a support group and the numbers keep increasing each time we meet.”


USAID Contact:
Dr. Stanley Bii, Activity Manager
USAID/Kenya
Tel:  +254-20-862-2211
Email: sbii@usaid.gov

APHIAplus, Kamili Contact:
Dr Mildred Mudany,
Chief of Party, APHIAplus Kamili
Tel:  +254 20 3751882
Email: mildred.mudany@jhpiego.org 

Updated April 2014

 

 

Last updated: May 22, 2014

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