Study pilots home-based approach to testing & counseling for couples

We recently wrapped up the pilot phase of our Jamii Bora study, which is testing a home-based approach to offering pregnant couples HIV testing and counseling. Prior research has shown that couples who participate in HIV testing and disclosure are more likely to start ART early, prevent HIV transmission (if a couple is serodiscordant), and […]

Continue Reading
Investigators receiving awards

FACES investigators receive awards

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Bukusi and Dr. Thomas Aron Odeny, two Kenya Medical Research Institute investigators and FACES team members, on winning awards at last week’s National AIDS Control Council Maisha Conference! Dr. Bukusi, co-founding director of FACES, won the Outstanding Research Award in the Clinical Research category, and Dr. Odeny won the Young Investigator Award. Watch […]

Continue Reading

Construction of teen centers begins

Teams at 8 of our health facilities have been working hard to lay the foundations for 8 new adolescent centers that will be arriving soon. These centers will help create youth-friendly environments where teens can access care. Much of the center staff training and services will be overseen by our partner Sunburst Projects. We look […]

Continue Reading
6930796864_e020eeeca4_z (1)

Social support can improve HIV care retention among youth

The Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) Collaboration has tested and linked hundreds of people to HIV care for the first time. In a new publication, SEARCH researchers analyze the retention rate among patients they have linked to care in Kenya. While young adults (15-24) have the lowest retention rate, the study also […]

Continue Reading

BuzzFeed: New study proves how good “one-stop shop” contraceptive care is for women

BuzzFeed News recently published a story about our new publication proving the effectiveness of integrating family planning and HIV care. The story also explores how recent US policy changes, such as the reinstated Global Gag Rule, may affect the future of these types of family planning innovations. The story includes comments from FACES co-director Craig Cohen, MD, […]

Continue Reading

New study shows “one-stop shop” family planning care more effective for women living with HIV

“ONE-STOP SHOP” FAMILY PLANNING CARE MORE EFFECTIVE FOR WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV New study shows integrating HIV care and family planning services reduces pregnancy rate by nearly 30 percent and increases use of effective contraception among women living with HIV Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF), in collaboration with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), […]

Continue Reading
Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 1.19.17 PM

Kisumu County Adolescent Stakeholders Forum

This week, we are preparing for the March 23rd Kisumu County Adolescent Stakeholders Forum. Together, with local government officials and others, we will discuss the progress that’s been made and the obstacles we still face in preventing HIV and pregnancy among adolescents. Our objectives for the forum are: To review and discuss achievements following the […]

Continue Reading

New play structures keep FACES kids active

Today in Lumumba we received and installed the first of 8 play stations we will be adding to 8 of our busiest health facility sites across Kisumu County. These will help keep children healthy, active and engaged while they are at our facilities. We are thrilled to have these additions!

Continue Reading

New study highlights ways to further reduce mother-to-child-transmission of HIV

New KEMRI-FACES study identifies ways in which we can further reduce cases of mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of HIV. In particular, the findings highlight the importance of increasing pregnant women’s adherence to antiretroviral drugs, skilled HIV education & counseling, and testing to make women and their partners aware of their HIV statuses. Although we have made great progress […]

Continue Reading
UoN image poa_2_0

University of Nairobi STD/HIV/SRH Collaborative Meeting

This week, our team will present several research abstracts at the Annual University of Nairobi STD/HIV/SRH Collaborative Group Meeting. We will focus on sharing what we have learned regarding HIV testing and care among infants and adolescents, as well as mothers.   The titles of the abstracts we will be presenting are: Targeted community outreach […]

Continue Reading

Promising results from Shamba Maisha project

Our Shamba Maisha initiative, in partnership with Kickstart International, Equity Bank and the local Agrovet in Kisumu, set out to give new economic skills and resources to HIV-positive people in rural Kenya. Each participant receives a small agricultural loan and training in farming skills. In newly published findings, we show that Shamba Maisha participants not only feel […]

Continue Reading
Shantha Chelliah

Shantha Chelliah

Georgetown University, 3rd Year Pediatrics Resident Kisumu , November 2015. I’m a 3rd year pediatrics resident from Georgetown University, and was fortunate enough to participate in the STEP Program through FACES in Kisumu, Kenya. This was a mixed rotation of research and clinical work. Prior to coming, I joined the Pamoja study, which investigates a […]

Continue Reading

FACES tech team at OpenMRS conference

Members of our tech team traveled to Uganda last week for an exciting conference hosted by OpenMRS, the open-source electronic medical record platform that FACES uses. The event convened hundreds of OpenMRS users and developers from dozens of countries, so our team was able to learn from their peers working in similar healthcare settings around […]

Continue Reading
Dr. Onono

Dr. Maricianah Onono honored on “120 Under 40” list

Dr. Maricianah Onono was recently named a 2016 winner of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders. Dr, Onono is a research scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and a long-time collaborator with the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health FACES program. She has played a key role in translating many research […]

Continue Reading

Training providers on adolescent health

This week, we helped Ministry of Health – KENYA conduct the second of four training sessions focused on health care for adolescents, who too often become disconnected from our healthcare system and services. These trainings educate providers and equip them to connect with adolescents about health topics critical to HIV prevention, such as peer pressure, […]

Continue Reading
Hands up for hiv prevention

World Aids Day

World’s AIDS Day – A time to commemorate the precious lives lost and affected by HIV and to celebrate HIV averted through prevention. A giant shout out of gratitude and respect to health care providers, scientists and communities working on solutions, donors who support this important work, and most importantly to those living healthy lives […]

Continue Reading

Paul Gitonga

4th Year School of Medicine, University of Nairobi Nairobi, 11th July – 30th Sept 2016. HIV is a global phenomenon that affects many in the world. Nowhere is this burden greater felt than in Africa with its many other infectious diseases that still bedevil us. As an immunosuppressing disease, HIV predisposes one to other infections […]

Continue Reading