Riders for Health
Riders for Health is a nonprofit organization working to ensure that health workers in Africa have access to reliable transportation in order to reach isolated and vulnerable people with regular and predictable health care.
They have donated 9 motorcycles to FACES. Their generous donation includes a 10-day training for FACES staff members/riders. The curriculum involves Kenyan Highway Code, a basic course in motorcycle maintenance, field work practice, and highway and rough terrain riding. They also maintain, service, and fuel the motorcycles for two years. Full riding gear was donated as well.
Riders for Health is enabling FACES to reach sites and patients in remote locations; places that we were only able to reach infrequently or not at all. FACES is now able to conduct more home visits to follow up with patients, trace patients who haven’t returned to the clinic, and transport lab samples more quickly. Clinical mentors are visiting far-flung sites more often to provide support and mentorship to healthcare workers in the field. The M&E and data teams can collect data and carry out data audits more efficiently.
Riders for Health has linked up with a local organization called Vumilia to bring this timely assistance to people who work with patients all over Kenya.
- To learn more about Riders for Health, visit their website.
FACES and Sunburst, a California-based NGO, have joined forces to strengthen support services for adolescents living with HIV. FACES hired peer leaders – HIV positive adolescents who are motivated to work with other youth. Sunburst then led trainings in leadership, support group facilitation skills, non-violent communication, public speaking, computer skills, and HIV education including risk reduction, treatment adherence, and positive living. New support groups have been established at Kisumu East District Hospital, Lumumba Health Centre, and Nairobi clinic.
The support groups require a three-month commitment from members and consist of small group gatherings (10 members/group) led by peer leaders who facilitate open discussion, educational lessons, artistic activities, and games/role-playing. Separate support groups are also held to support parents and guardians of adolescent patients. At the end of each three-month block the impact of the program is evaluated looking at indicators such as behavior change, school performance, medication adherence, and the ability to overcome challenges such as stigma and discrimination. We believe this youth-focused collaborative and interactive initiative will prompt more HIV-infected adolescents to engage in HIV health services and to maintain healthy behaviors.
ASPIRE (AIDS Services, Prevention, Intervention, Research and Education) is the international education and training arm of the UCSF Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital. ASPIRE helps organizations around the world to build their capacity to serve local communities and enhance the quality of HIV/AIDS care in developing countries. ASPIRE’s approach is to combine clinical mentorship, case-based training, and instruction in how to develop systems of care designed to meet local needs. ASPIRE and FACES have been collaborating partners since 2005. Through ASPIRE’s expertise, local providers have gained significant HIV/AIDS clinical knowledge and skills which has strengthened their capacity to provide quality clinical care management for HIV/AIDS patients. ASPIRE has also trained clinical mentors of mentors which is enabling local leaders to train future generations of providers.