INUKA! project phase 2 kicks off in Kibera slum, Nairobi

INUKA! project phase 2 kicks off in Kibera slum, Nairobi

In 2022, Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK) scaled up the implementation of a community-led initiative to find, test and treat children and pregnant women living with HIV. After successful implementation in rural areas of Homa Bay county (2019-2022), the INUKA! programme, is now strengthening existing community structures to support children and mothers in accessing HIV services in urban areas in Nairobi county, Kenya.

Kibera outreach

In Nairobi, INUKA! phase 2 implementation kicked off in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya. HIV rates are high in Kibera, and the majority of its residents live in poverty. During the first outreach in this area, WOFAK provided HIV testing services to 371 children between the age of 0-14. Of these children 59 tested positive and were referred to health clinics. They were also linked to INUKA! community health volunteers for further support. Nutritional screening for children under five was also available on site. A total of 75 children were screened, and 7 children were found to be moderately malnourished. These children were referred for nutritional counselling and also linked to community health volunteers.

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INUKA!

INUKA! is a community-led initiative to find, test and treat children and pregnant women living with HIV in Kenya implemented by WOFAK with support from Aidsfonds. Phase 2 (2022-2024) of this initiative is implemented in Nairobi county and we aim to find 3.000 children living with HIV between the age of 0-14, bring them (back) in care and support them to remain in care. In addition, the goal is to find 5,000 pregnant women and refer them to antenatal care. To reach these goals  INUKA! interventions include training of community health volunteers on paediatric HIV, household visits to trace children and women who are not aware of their HIV status or have dropped out of HIV care, organizing community dialogues, setting up saving groups that provide economic and psychosocial support, and supporting families with nutritional education to improve food security and treatment adherence.

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