A New Lease on Life

As Jackline Awino* walks into the clinic all the staff turn and stare in disbelief – their looks of surprise quickly turn into looks of pleasure. Jackline is no stranger to the FACES clinic. When Jackline first came to the Family AIDS Care and Education Services Clinic (FACES) six months ago, she was emaciated, needing help […]

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A Family That Walks Together

As I settled in the sitting room waiting for the husband, Mr. Paul, my mind was somewhat unsettled. Monica, Paul’s wife, was sitting right in front of me. I was struck by her radiant beauty, but my in my mind’s eye I could see the Monica of yestermonths. Months ago when she first attended FACES […]

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A Mother’s Story

A brown lady with a sorrowful face walks into the clinic room- on her back is a scrawny little baby girl. Her baby lets out a high-pitched cry that grips the attention of the receptionist. The 35 year old mother, Margaret* can hardly make eye contact. The smiling receptionist at the clinic inquires how he can […]

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Miss It Miss Out!

Two women walk to the FACES reception. One looking in her late 50s produces a referral from an HIV counseling and testing site. She looks a little tired and is leaning on the other woman for support. The other woman being leaned on surprises us by saying, “This is my daughter …’’ The daughter, Maureen* is […]

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Hope Regained

“I was afraid that my children would be orphans. I did not know who would fend for them.”  These are the words of Rachel* a soft-spoken middle aged lady who attends the FACES clinic in Kisumu. Rachel who hails from Ugenya has come a long way from home to seek care. Rachel, a widow and mother […]

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