Football for peace and health

In advance of the elections, FACES cosponsored a Football for Peace event, which brought together eight under-17 football teams from different areas of Kisumu. In addition to sharing messages encouraging peaceful elections, FACES also offered voluntary medical male circumcision and HIV testing services.

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2017 Adolescent Stakeholders’ Forum Report

On March 23, 2017, FACES hosted our second Kisumu County Adolescent Stakeholders’ Forum. We were privileged to have 75 stakeholders attend, including representatives from the Ministry of Health, Kisumu County, CDC, and NASCOP, as well as many practicing health workers. A final report on the forum’s proceedings can be found below.

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Using a text-message survey to identify health care influencers

Respected opinion leaders in health care can be very effective at disseminating information and best practices throughout health systems. In order to identify the most influential community health workers, the ADAPT study team piloted the use of a text message-based survey distributed to peers at FACES-supported sites. 97% of workers who received the survey responded […]

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We have a new home!

We recently moved our headquarters to a new location in Kisumu. We are now located in Kisumu City along Ring Road in Milimani, next to Tom Mboya Labour College.

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Operation Triple Zero

Miss zero appointments, skip zero drug doses, and maintain a zero viral load – that’s what it takes to become an Operation Triple Zero (OTZ) Hero. OTZ is a NASCOP-led initiative equipping children and young adults aged 10-24 living with HIV to take ownership of their health and treatment. FACES is working closely with the […]

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SEARCH intervention puts UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals within reach

In a new JAMA article, the SEARCH trial, conducted in collaboration with FACES, proves that the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals can be surpassed both quickly and in low-resource areas. In just two years, rates of viral suppression, HIV diagnosis and HIV treatment improved dramatically among the trial’s 77,774 participants, all of whom live in rural Kenya and Uganda. Viral […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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), […]

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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 […]

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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!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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