Nyeri, Nyandarua, Laikipia and Murang’a counties are located in the central part of Kenya with a combined population of approximately 3,007,519 and a HIV prevalence of 3.4%, 3.0%, 3.2% and 4.2% respectively.
Young people form the majority of people newly affected by HIV, with those between the ages of 15 and 24 years contributing to more than half (52%) of new infections in 2015. The number of children infected with the virus from their mothers was also high, with approximately one in every five children (20.6%) born to HIV positive mother getting infected.
Tegemeza Plus is a five-year HIV prevention, care and treatment program funded by the US President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tegemeza Plus is a follow-on project to Tegemeza that closed at the end of March 2017.
Through this project, CHS is contributing to the ambitious 90-90-90 targets to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic
- By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status
- By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy
- By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
Working in collaboration with County Departments of Health, this project seeks to achieve HIV epidemic control by supporting the implementation and expansion of high quality, sustainable and comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment programs across CHS supported health facilities in the Central Region (Murang’a, Nyeri, Nyandarua and Laikipia County). Some of the services offered include:
- HIV Testing and counselling services
- Integration of HIV and TB care and treatment services through a standard package of care
- Prevention and elimination of mother to child HIV transmission
- Building sustainable systems for provision of comprehensive HIV services
- Health care worker capacity building through mentorship, didactic training, continuous professional development (CPD/CME) and on-job training
- Laboratory monitoring and pharmacy commodity management for the supply of Antiretroviral drugs
- Lab sample transport networking
- Information systems management and monitoring and evaluation support
- Positive health, dignity and prevention services for people living with HIV
- Defaulter tracing and prevention through adherence support
- County and regional technical working groups to streamline and standardise quality care through evidence-informed approaches
- Health systems strengthening support through staff supervision and procurement of equipment/supplies
104 CHS supported health facilities
437 CHS supported health care workers and volunteers
443,046 people tested for HIV
35,935 people currently on treatment
1,329 HIV Exposed Infants tested within 12 months of birth
1,245 infants initiated on ART Prophylaxis
Overall Treatment Retention Rate – 87%
Overall Viral Suppression Rate: 92%