FACES works collaboratively with the Kenya Ministry of Health and other local partners to support and provide HIV prevention, care, and treatment services in Nyanza Province and Nairobi. FACES is a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) collaborative partnership. It was funded in September 2004 by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- FACES supports 116 HIV care sites: 2 in Nairobi and 114 in Nyanza Province. By the end of December 2011, the number of patients cumulatively enrolled in HIV care was 114,654 including 17,340 children. Among those enrolled in HIV care, 47,146 patients were on antiretroviral treatment (ART), including 4,666 children at 102 sites.
- In addition, 129 sites in Migori, Rongo, and Kisumu East districts provide Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services. During the past quarter, HIV counseling, testing, and results reached 9,333 women. Among women found to be HIV positive, over 94% of them and their exposed infants received ARV prophylaxis to help prevent HIV transmission.
- Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) services at 12 district and sub-district hospitals and HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) at 134 sites are also supported. During the past quarter, VMMC services reached 4,426 males and HTC services reached 29,220 patients.
Nairobi is the capital of Kenya inhabited by over 3 million people. HIV prevalence in Nairobi is 9%; 11% among women and 7.1% among men. Based at the Centre for Respiratory Diseases Research at KEMRI, the Nairobi clinic opened in 1997 to provide care for research participants. In addition to being the site of many research projects, in September 2004 the program began providing HIV care to the general population in Nairobi, and in March 2005 this expanded to include ARVs for adults and then children.
Kisumu is in Nyanza Province in Western Kenya, on the edge of Lake Victoria. It has a population of approximately 505,000; HIV prevalence is approximately 15%. FACES Kisumu opened its doors in March 2005, at Lumumba Health Centre, which is Kisumu’s busiest municipal maternity facility. Services are provided free of charge to the general population.
(Suba, Migori, Rongo)
Suba District, with a population of approximately 200,000, is a rural district in Nyanza Province, on the edge of Lake Victoria. It has a large fishing industry, with many people living in beach and island communities within the district. Southern Nyanza has HIV prevalence rates from 20%-40%.
In partnership with the Kenyan government, FACES is coordinating facility-based HIV care and treatment for the district in an effort to create a functional model of decentralized HIV care. This includes supporting programs at all of the government health facilities, as well as some of the islands that do not have health centers, through the use of stationary and mobile services. FACES is taking a lead in strengthening the collaborative efforts of community, government, and NGOs, in developing a unified HIV prevention and treatment program for the district.
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