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SWOP

The SWOP project is under the Kenya Aids Control Program There are ten health clinics and drop-in centres in Nairobi for key populations and their families, reaching more than 20,000 female sex workers, 2,000 male sex workers and 1,000 drug users. The Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOP) clinics are “one-stop shops”, providing HIV testing, counselling and treatment, as well as family planning, cervical cancer screening, STI and TB treatment and general health care and support to this highly mobile and stigmatised population. The program employs the use of peer leaders and peer led networks to reach out to sex workers as a community engagement strategy. This leads to demand creation for services to control the spread of the disease within the key populations. Capacity building through hands-on field training to new physicians, nurses and laboratory scientists from Kenya, USA, and Canada in the epidemiology and immune-biology of STI/HIV has been accomplished successfully. Key Accomplishments To date, About 1000 peer educators to help with community engagement and demand creation have been trained in Nairobi About 25000 female sex workers and 1000 male sex workers have enrolled in 10 dedicated clinics across Nairobi. A significant reduction in HIV incidences have been noted among female sex workers. Those enrolled in the program clinics access a comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care package for sex workers as per the Kenya Ministry of Health guidelines.

Current Projects

In the year 2005, the program received a grant from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to scale up activit...

This project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through the University of Manitoba. It’s a collaborative project with the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and Nat...

Technical Support-Enhancing the Impact of HIV Prevention Programs for Key Populations in Kenya This project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through the University of Manit...

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