Early Infant Male Circumcision (EIMC) launched at Kisumu County Referral Hospital (KCRH) in January. Our highly skilled circumcision team at KCRH, Lydia Onyango and Elizabeth Oitieno, have already conducted ten procedures. This service also offers parents’ and family members the opportunity to be tested for HIV and linked to care and services if needed.
There has been a remarkable increase in the number of HIV-positive pregnant women receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) around the world. However, there are still challenges to make sure women stay in treatment and to reduce transmission of HIV to infants. There is an urgent need to investigate effective, affordable and sustainable approaches to ensure women […]
Today we were happy to have hosted the Kenya Medical Research Institute Directors, Board of Management and Senior Management Team at RCTP FACES Lumumba Offices. The KEMRI Management Team were received by Professor Craig Cohen, Dr Charles T. Muga, Dr. Aluda, Norton Sang, and Dr. Ayieko among others. The team visited ECHO Offices at CIS […]
We are proud of our 33 participants of the FACES Scientific Writing Workshop held 15 Jan – 19 Jan. Facilitators from KEMRI, UCSF, GSI, University of Alabama, Birmingham, University of Colorado, Denver, and Northwestern shared their expertise in writing fundamentals, research question development, abstract writing, and manuscript drafting. Participants will be better equipped to widely share best practices in […]
Adolescent Heroes teaming up with fun to achieve Operation Triple Zero: zero missed appointments, zero missed drugs, zero viral load in Nyando.
A fun day was held as part of the Operation Triple Zero (OTZ) initiative, which empowers adolescents to take charge of their health and commit to “triple zero outcomes” – zero missed appointments, zero missed drugs and zero viral load. Peer engagement, HIV education, OZT poetry and speeches, and sport competition, and prizes filled the […]
Commemorating the lives lost and affected by HIV/AIDS and celebrating the life-saving advances made against HIV. However the fight is not over as we strive to achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. Today FACES supported county festivities at the Jomo Kenyatta sports ground in Kisumu and activities in five sub counties, including HIV testing to reach the […]
Text messaging is now underway at 48 FACES supported sites. HIV positive pregnant women who enroll in the program receive reminders aimed at boosting clinic attendance and exposed infant testing to prevent mother-to-child-transmission. We applaud the 119 women who have are already enrolled in the program.
“The End of AIDS?” a PBS New Hour show about UCSF’s SEARCH study wins an Emmy award! Congratulations to our innovative team and their impact work. Accepting the Emmy, PBS’s William Brangham dedicated the award to researcher’s, scientist’s and people leaving with HIV all over the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHr_RQd2KGE Full Documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGBRm9MJDwY
SM2, SUNY Upstate Medical University Kisumu Sub-County, June 5 – July 27, 2017. Since taking a course in college titled “The Politics of Reproduction,” co-taught by a Biology Professor and Sociology Professor, I have not been conceptualize clinical medicine and the social context of communities and individuals as two separate entities. To me, the two […]
SM2, University of California, San Francisco Kisumu Sub-County, 4th June – 27th July 2017. I had the incredible privilege this summer of working on a project that aims to increase male acceptance of family planning by engaging men in conversations about masculinity. “Wategno Kanyakla”-Stronger Together in English-is the name of the year-long study which takes […]
R3 Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Kisumu, 1st – 31st March 2017. I put off writing my experience post because to write this post means that I have to admit that I have returned from Kenya, and no longer have the incredible joy of going to work every day at Lumumba. While participating […]
R3 Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Kisumu Sub-County, 2nd – 27th Feb 2017. As soon as the clinic opened its doors, the waiting room quickly filled. The hundred or so patients crammed in the waiting room would have overwhelmed the most experienced Western practice, but the FACES staff were unfazed. With startling efficiency, […]
Kenyatta University,MPH, Rongo, Jan 16th – 30th June 2017. The Population Health Perspective cemented my desire to work in dynamic communities through high ranked programs such as the FACES-STEP program. Prior to joining, my primary objectives were to understand how the application of population health based-approach…..
Joel & Beatrice: Courage and Support Joel and his wife, Beatrice*, are a discordant couple, meaning they have different HIV statuses. He is negative while Beatrice is positive. In addition to visiting the health clinic for Beatrice’s HIV care, they also attend a biweekly FACES support group together with other discordant couples. Beyond social support, […]
This has been a busy week for the FACES team at IAS 2017 in Paris. We are learning lots, connecting with others in the field, and sharing our own knowledge with others. Pictured below are some of our researchers presenting on various community-based and adolescent interventions that are helping us get closer to the UNAIDS […]
If you’ll be at IAS 2017 next week, we’ve compiled this convenient summary of all presentations by FACES and FACES-affiliated studies, including SEARCH (page 2 of the summary). We hope to see you there!
Today, we had a great day teaching teachers about Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision and HIV. The meeting brought together 80 teachers from Kisumu East and West and is part of our response to the Teachers Service Commission, which emphasized the need to sensitize teachers to VMMC since the majority of FACES’ VMMC clients are pupils.
View our July 2017 newsletter, which includes updates about our Jamii Bora and SEARCH studies, as well as our new Operation Triple Zero effort and our plans for attending IAS 2017.
PrEP launches in Kisumu County! We welcome the addition of this effective tactic to prevent HIV. The Kisumu County Health Minister and stakeholders gathered to celebrate. FACES Country Director, Dr. Patrick Oyaro, spoke at the event and to the media about this important launch.