PHDA and its partner, the University of Manitoba, have implemented programmes for more than three decades. The team was among the first to initiate HIV prevention and treatment programmes with sex workers in Kenya. Some of the ground-breaking work conducted by PHDA, the University of Manitoba (UoM), and its partners has had an impact on programme and policy in Kenya and other counties.
Some key learnings include:
- The need for high coverage of key populations with comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment programmes to prevent acquisition and transmission of HIV. The SWOP clinics established by UoM and PHDA, being one of the first large scale programmes in Africa (reaching more than 35,000 sex workers), improved the country and the continent’s understating of how to scale up programmes with key populations
- The feasibility of integration of HIV self-testing within existing HIV prevention and treatment programmes managed by the MSM led community organizations was established through the PHDA led programmes. This also included estimating the size of undiagnosed MSM and the testing approaches to reach MSM using virtual platforms
Summary of Current Programme Delivery Projects
County Ownership and Networks to maintain Nairobi Epidemic Control (CONNECT)
The CONNECT project aims to support the implementation and expansion of high quality sustainable and comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Nairobi County.
Integration of Key Population curriculum into the pre-service Police Training Curriculum
This project aims to improve policing practices and inclusion of the law enforcement agencies in Key Population HIV programming in Kenya.
Kieni Fighters of HIV/AIDS Resource Centre
The primary aim of the Kieni Fighters Resource Centre project is to reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS infection and increase health-care access for individuals with HIV/AIDS in the Kieni constituency of Nyeri county in Kenya.
Outcome Measurement in Global Fund-supported Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Programmes
The Global Fund Strategy 2017–2022, “Investing to End Epidemics”, has committed to scale-up HIV prevention programmes, to support adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in 13 focus countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Pilot Project with Young Key Populations
The project aims to reduce HIV risk and vulnerability among Young women who sell sex (YWSS) and Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in Kenya.
PACT Endeleza Project
The PACT Endeleza project aims to strengthen the prevention and management of STI, HIV and AIDS by establishing sustainable community activities and quality services for key populations in rural and urban Kenya to better help them serve mobile populations at risk of poor treatment outcomes.
- A film on Polling Booth Survey has been developed to describe the method. The film can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqZfROSklqA&t=3s
- Joshua Kimani et al. (2020). The effects of COVID-19 on the health and socio-economic security of sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya: Emerging intersections with HIV, Global Public Health, 15:7, 1073-1082, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1770831 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17441692.2020.1770831?needAccess=true&