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World AIDS Day Commemoration in Kisumu

Commemorating the lives lost and affected by HIV/AIDS and celebrating the life-saving advances made against HIV. However the fight is not over as we strive to achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. Today FACES supported county festivities at the Jomo Kenyatta sports ground in Kisumu and activities in five sub counties, including HIV testing to reach the […]

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Text messaging for mom’s and babies.

Text messaging is now underway at 48 FACES supported sites. HIV positive pregnant women who enroll in the program receive reminders aimed at boosting clinic attendance and exposed infant testing to prevent mother-to-child-transmission. We applaud the 119 women who have are already enrolled in the program.

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Documentary featuring UCSF’s SEARCH Study by the US PBS Tv Station

“The End of AIDS?” a PBS New Hour show about UCSF’s SEARCH study wins an Emmy award! Congratulations to our innovative team and their impact work. Accepting the Emmy, PBS’s William Brangham dedicated the award to researcher’s, scientist’s and people leaving with HIV all over the world. Full Documentary.

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Hannah Connolly

SM2, SUNY Upstate Medical University Kisumu Sub-County, June 5 – July 27, 2017. Since taking a course in college titled “The Politics of Reproduction,” co-taught by a Biology Professor and Sociology Professor, I have not been conceptualize clinical medicine and the social context of communities and individuals as two separate entities. To me, the two […]

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Chris Ahlbach

SM2, University of California, San Francisco Kisumu Sub-County, 4th June – 27th July 2017. I had the incredible privilege this summer of working on a project that aims to increase male acceptance of family planning by engaging men in conversations about masculinity. “Wategno Kanyakla”-Stronger Together in English-is the name of the year-long study which takes […]

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Jessica Humphreys

R3 Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Kisumu, 1st – 31st March 2017. I put off writing my experience post because to write this post means that I have to admit that I have returned from Kenya, and no longer have the incredible joy of going to work every day at Lumumba. While participating […]

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John Lin

R3 Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Kisumu Sub-County, 2nd – 27th Feb 2017. As soon as the clinic opened its doors, the waiting room quickly filled. The hundred or so patients crammed in the waiting room would have overwhelmed the most experienced Western practice, but the FACES staff were unfazed. With startling efficiency, […]

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Elly Bwana

Kenyatta University,MPH, Rongo, Jan 16th – 30th June 2017. The Population Health Perspective cemented my desire to work in dynamic communities through high ranked programs such as the FACES-STEP program. Prior to joining, my primary objectives were to understand how the application of population health based-approach…..

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Patient Story: Joel & Beatrice

Joel & Beatrice: Courage and Support Joel and his wife, Beatrice*, are a discordant couple, meaning they have different HIV statuses. He is negative while Beatrice is positive. In addition to visiting the health clinic for Beatrice’s HIV care, they also attend a biweekly FACES support group together with other discordant couples. Beyond social support, […]

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FACES in action at IAS 2017

This has been a busy week for the FACES team at IAS 2017 in Paris. We are learning lots, connecting with others in the field, and sharing our own knowledge with others. Pictured below are some of our researchers presenting on various community-based and adolescent interventions that are helping us get closer to the UNAIDS […]

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Finding FACES at IAS 2017

If you’ll be at IAS 2017 next week, we’ve compiled this convenient summary of all presentations by FACES and FACES-affiliated studies, including SEARCH (page 2 of the summary). We hope to see you there!

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VMMC & HIV training for teachers

Today, we had a great day teaching teachers about Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision and HIV. The meeting brought together 80 teachers from Kisumu East and West and is part of our response to the Teachers Service Commission, which emphasized the need to sensitize teachers to VMMC since the majority of FACES’ VMMC clients are pupils.  

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PrEP launches in Kisumu County

PrEP launches in Kisumu County! We welcome the addition of this effective tactic to prevent HIV. The Kisumu County Health Minister and stakeholders gathered to celebrate. FACES Country Director, Dr. Patrick Oyaro, spoke at the event and to the media about this important launch.

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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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