In 2017, the Government of Kenya adopted a new policy rolling out pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of a national HIV combination prevention strategy. Ciheb in Kenya's PACT Endeleza program then aligned with the government and started offering PrEP that same year to the benefit of thousands of clients in Nairobi.
Ciheb in Kenya, through the PACT Timiza program that worked in the Western Kenyan counties of Kisii and Migori, used differentiated service delivery to support an estimated 90,000 people living with HIV with a variety of health services.
Bummhi — Ciheb’s local partner in Botswana — has made key contributions to the introduction, roll out, and scale up of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on a national level to help achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 HIV targets more quickly.
At the resumption of the fifth Botswana HIV/AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS V), the project convened a small group of three to lead the COVID-19 response. Over the following months, this trio would lead a herculean effort to safeguard the health of staff and participants and allow the survey to proceed as safely as possible.
COVID-19 created unforeseen challenges to the population-based HIV impact assessments (PHIAs) that threatened the health of survey staff and participants and required daily symptom monitoring. In response, Ciheb developed the UMB PHIA Companion Tool, a COVID-19 symptom screening app to support COVID-19 risk mitigation compliance for staff to use daily before training and field activities.
In 2016, UMB through Ciheb partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement a new five-year program called “Technical Assistance for Public Health Impact in Kenya” (TAPHIK), which helped fill a need for HIV research in Western Kenya and Kenya in general.
In the fall of 2020, Ciheb conducted the first phase of a COVID-19 population-based serosurveillance study in the Nigerian states of Enugu, Nasarawa, and Gombe. Ciheb created a data collection tool for the serosurveillance study known as the Computer-Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI).