- World AIDS Day 2017
December 1 is World AIDS Day, and we’re joining the millions of individuals and organisations around the globe in commemorating this day.
Under the 2017 national theme “Step up for HIV Prevention: Youth Na Plan”, this year’s events shall focus on encouraging prevention efforts in our population, especially amongst the youth who have been greatly affected by the HIV epidemic.
Scientific innovations over the last few years have continuously provided more options for prevention, making this an imminent reality in our world today. The availability of condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), effective and affordable drugs, amongst other efforts, presents a solution to everyone – whether HIV positive or negative – to prevent the spread of the virus.
Prevention starts with knowing your status, and we encourage everyone today to visit their nearest health facility and receive a free HIV test. You will also receive advice on how to better prevent yourself and your loved ones from HIV.
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- 16 Days of Activism Against SGBV
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) refers to any act that is perpetrated against a person’s will. It encompasses threats of violence and coercion. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual in nature, and can take different forms including denial of resources or access to services. SGBV does not just affect women and girls, it also happens to and harms men and boys as well, although existing reports show that women form the largest number of victims.
About 39 percent of women and girls in Kenya aged 15 years and above have experienced physical violence, with approximately one in four experiencing such violence each year. One-in-Five Kenyan males and one-in-three Kenyan females, has experienced an episode of sexual violence before attaining the age of 18. Gender-based violence doesn’t just impact the well-being of individuals, communities and nations – it affects their economic stability.
SGBV can put survivors at risk of developing negative behaviours and psychosomatic and psychological disorders. Survivors are known to become anxious, lack trust in people, and often succumb to alcoholism.
Between November 25 (International End Violence against Women Day) and December 10 (International Human Rights Day), CHS will be joining the rest of the world in raising awareness on SGBV through the annual international campaign dubbed 16 Days of Activism Against SGBV. This is in support of SGBV survivors and in line with our work in ending sexual and gender-based violence.
During this campaign period, CHS will embark on efforts to increase the knowledge of and awareness on the different forms of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, and the different ways through which we can fight GBV as individuals, families and as a community. This will be done through dissemination on our various social media platforms, which you are welcome to follow and re-share using the social media icons below.
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- International Day of the Girl Child 2017
October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child, a global commemoration with a focus on creating equal opportunities for the 1.1 billion girls around the world for a better future. They are a great source of energy, power and creativity; who can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more.
This year’s commemoration is focussed on the theme, “EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict”.
Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. In humanitarian emergencies, gender-based violence often increases, subjecting girls to sexual and physical violence, child marriage, exploitation and trafficking. Adolescent girls in conflict zones are 90% more likely to be out of school when compared to girls in conflict-free countries, compromising their future prospects for work and financial independence as adults.
With support from The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through CDC, CHS provides quality health services for victims of gender-based violence across all our supported facilities.
Let us all unite to fight for the rights and protection of all girls and women in all contexts, while working to end violence against them, recognising their indigenous rights, and building peaceful and cohesive communities.Read More...Please follow and like us:
- 7th Conference on Peer Education, Sexuality, HIV and AIDS
CHS is participating in this year’s edition of the International Conference on Peer Education, Sexuality, HIV and AIDS, being held in Nairobi, Kenya between June 15-17, 2016.
This three-days conference is organised and hosted by the National Organisation of Peer Educators (NOPE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and the National AIDS & STI Control Programme (NASCOP). It brings together about 1,200 participants among them key stakeholders in HIV programming, from Africa and beyond.
As part of our commitment towards being a learning organisation, CHS is sponsoring a number of organisational and facility staff to the conference. We shall also be sharing our best practices and lessons learnt through the course of implementation of our Tegemeza program in various forums.Read More...Please follow and like us:
- KPA 16th Annual Scientific Conference
CHS is participating in this year’s Kenya Paediatric Association’s (KPA) Conference that runs from April 26 – 29 in Eldoret. This 16th Annual Scientific Conference is held under the theme “Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) Epidemic: A Focus on Early Life Determinants.”
The agenda of this four-day conference will focus on devolution in health, paediatric in disasters, malaria, nutrition and allergy. NCDs commonly referred to as ‘lifestyle’ diseases, include cancer, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases among others. They account for about 38 million deaths globally every year, half of them being in low and middle-income countries.
In Kenya, the number of premature deaths caused by NCDs has been on the increase with cancer and cardiovascular diseases contributing the highest numbers. Children are also vulnerable to these diseases.
CHS, through its TB ARC activity will be coordinating sessions on the Management of TB in Children, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.Read More...Please follow and like us: