Dec 2007

December 2007 Newsletter

In this issue: New Steinberg Comprehensive Care Centre, Suba District Hospital, Preventing Parent-to-Child Transmission of HIV, FACES Snapshot, PPCT Staff Snapshot, Quote Corner, Nairobi Report, Student Training & Education Program (STEP), Kisumu Step Experience, Uliza, FACES Enrollment Numbers, Food By Prescription Program, Facing the Truth (Lillian’s Story). Read about these topics and more in the December 2007 newsletter.

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Facing the Truth

I became pregnant in July 2005. The nurses at the antenatal clinic asked me to go for an HIV test. I didn’t hesitate and agreed to the test. I was confident that I would be HIV negative. I cried when I learned the results; I found out I was HIV positive. I wasn’t convinced that […]

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July 2007

July 2007 Newsletter

In this issue: New Facility for FACES Kisumu, Increasing Access to HIV, Care, FACES Snapshot, Suba & Rapid Decentralization, Nairobi Update, Quote Corner, STEP, Suba Experience, Food By Prescription, Uliza, FACES Enrollment Numbers, The Long Road Back (Josephine’s story), Courage and Hope (Mary’s story). Read about these topics and more in the July 2007 newsletter.

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The Long Road Back, Josephine’s Story

My name is Josephine. I am a 29 year old Kenyan lady. I am 5’6” tall and dark in complexion. I was born in Siaya District, Nyanza Province, Kenya. I was brought up in a family of ten. I am the second born. My parents died when I was just 14 years old. After their […]

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Courage and Hope

I am Mary. I got to know about my HIV status at a PMTCT clinic five years ago. I could not believe it. I engaged the nurse in a long argument. I knew I would die immediately after testing positive. I was told about the Patient Support Centre HIV clinic but due to stigma, I […]

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march2007

March 2007 Newsletter

In this issue: World AIDS Day 2006, FACES Suba Honoured, FACES Snapshot, Tuungane Youth Centre, Visiting Student’s Tuungane Experience, Uliza! Clinician’s Hotline, Children’s Quote Corner, FACES Children: A Top Priority for Care, FACES Children’s Club, My Story, My Hope (Symon’s story). Read about those topics and more in the March 2007 newsletter.

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My Story, My Hope

My name is Symon. I am 16 years old.  I am an orphan. I am HIV-infected.  Everyone has a story, I will tell you mine. I grew up in a place called Sioport, small town in western Kenya. I lived with my mother. My father lived in a larger city called Kisumu. One morning, I […]

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Simplified Systems for Rapid Scale Up of ‘Food by Prescription’ in Nyanza, Kenya

Presented in 2007 at the 3rd International Workshop on HIV Treatment, Pathogenesis and Prevention Research in Resource-Poor Settings in Kampala, Uganda. Lay health workers, who already take height and weight for every patient, were trained on FBP. FBP became the responsibility of the lay health workers. Program scaled-out to peripheral sites now that over-burdening of clinical […]

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As Little as One Peer Educator Can Increase Acceptance of HIV Testing in a PMTCT Programme

Presented in August 2006 at the International AIDS Society Conference in Toronto, Canada. Lumumba Health Centre, Kisumu, Kenya: Busiest municipal antenatal service in Kisumu, with 150 new antenatal clients per month. At baseline, only 77% were agreeing to HIV testing. In October 2005, FACES (Family AIDS Care and Education Services), a PEPFAR-funded HIV care and treatment program at Lumumba Health Centre, […]

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Youth-Specific HIV Services: A Partnership to Combine Prevention & Treatment

Presented in June 2006 at PEPFAR, HIV/AIDS Implementers Meetings in Durban. Only 677 (5.3%) of 12,792 patients enrolled at the Patient Support Centers within Kisumu City are aged 13-21. Yet there are 2,185 eligible clients in this age bracket tested at the various VCT centers in the city. FACES & Tuungane entered into partnership in Nov. 2005 to provide treatment […]

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One Coordinated HIV Prevention and Treatment Program for Suba District, Kenya

Presented in June 2006 at PEPFAR, HIV/AIDS Implementers Meetings in Durban. High-risk group: Large proportion of population involved in fishing industry. Local transportation is infrequent and expensive because of poor road network on the mainland and wide distribution of beach/island communities (116 landing beaches in Suba) … HIV prevention and care stakeholders (community, government, NGOs, CBOs, and donor-funded partners) saw the […]

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Peer Educators as an Effective Tool to Increase Acceptance of HIV Testing in PMTCT Programs

Presented in June 2006 at PEPFAR, HIV/AIDS Implementers Meetings in Durban. Lumumba Health Centre, Kisumu, Kenya: Busiest municipal antenatal service in Kisumu, with 150 new antenatal clients per month. At baseline, only 77% were agreeing to HIV testing. In October 2005, FACES (Family AIDS Care and Education Services), a PEPFAR-funded HIV care and treatment program at Lumumba Health Centre, initiated a Peer […]

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A Directed Health Care Staff Utilization Plan to Optimize Human Resources while Expanding Quality HIV Care

Presented in June 2006 at PEPFAR, HIV/AIDS Implementers Meetings in Durban. FACES (Family AIDS Care and Education Services) is an HIV care and treatment program in Kenya. Directed training of our staff and volunteers has allowed task shifting in order to increase our patient capacity while maintaining high-quality HIV care. Read the article below or click here to […]

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Presentation: Uliza Clinicians’ Hotline

Objectives: Accessible expert HIV advice to care providers via telephone in real-time. Ensure high quality services through implementing a quality assurance monitoring system. Develop a hotline/referral model to expand to other regions within Kenya and other countries. Read the presentation below or click here to download.

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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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