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Kenya Country Programs Complete Five Years of Impact in HIV Services

October 27, 2021

September marked the close of Ciheb in Kenya’s two Partnership for Advanced Care and Treatment (PACT) programs, PACT Timiza and PACT Endeleza. Both programs were funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), operated for five years, and supported the provision of comprehensive HIV services. PACT Timiza focused on supporting Kisii and Migori Counties, while PACT Endeleza focused on supporting Nairobi City County through providing HIV prevention and treatment services in 48 facilities.

In late September, Ciheb in Kenya held closeout events in all three counties to commemorate the accomplishments of the two programs. Here are highlights from the three events.

Migori Event (Timiza)

The Migori County event featured representation from county leadership, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Ciheb-Kenya senior management, as well as the CDC.

Speakers lauded the PACT Timiza program for its work in Migori County, which included comprehensive voluntary medical male circumcision, strengthening of health systems to support the delivery of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) related services, and use of continuous quality improvement frameworks in health service delivery.

The county and partners now look to the next evolution of Timiza, which will be a transition from Timiza to the Ciheb-Kenya Enhancing Technical Responses to HIV Epidemic control through Nimble County Health systems in Western Kenya (ENTRENCH) program. 

Key quotes from the Migori closeout:

“Of all our global programs, I’m proud to say PACT Timiza is a model care and treat program for UMB.” – Prof. Man Charurat, Global Director for Ciheb.

“We have gained ground, and this ground must be maintained as ours.” - Ret. Col. Joseph Nyamita, County Executive Committee (CEC) Health Migori County.

“We have come up with strategies to make sure Migori County is among the best.” - Pauline Amollo, Migori County Chief Officer for Public Health.

“It is important to have the voice of the clients living with HIV whom we serve, and our clients are happy with the services we provide.” - Dr. Roseline Oyuga, Senior Technical Advisor, Ciheb-Kenya

The PACT Timiza event in Kisii County was held at Kamel Park.

Kisii Event (Timiza)

The Kisii County closeout also featured representation from county leadership, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Ciheb-Kenya senior management, as well as the CDC. PACT Timiza in Kisii was also lauded for its work and dedication in the county, which included targeted HIV testing services, HIV prevention and treatment services for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and HIV prevention interventions including pre-exposure prophylaxis. Timiza programming will now pass to Liverpool Voluntary Counselling and Testing Kenya.

Key quotes from the Kisii Closeout: 

“I truly believe a strong foundation has been made, and I look forward to Kisii County achieving epidemic control.” - Prof. Man Charurat, Global Director for Ciheb.

“I want to appreciate UMB. They had also taken over from a partner who spent five years with us, and with time UMB has produced results. - Ms. Sarah Omache, CEC Health for Kisii County.

“The collaborative effort with Kisii County over the last five years has been commendable. Kisii has been a very progressive county.” - Dr. Caroline Ng’eno, Acting UMB Kenya Country Director.

“UMB was supporting 236 frontline staff and 341 lay workers, and these healthcare workers really improved services in our facilities.” - Dr. Onkware, Kisii County County Director of Public Health.


Acting Ciheb in Kenya Country Director Dr. Caroline Ng’eno (right) and PACT Endeleza Program Director Dr. Rebecca Wangusi (second to left) present a certificate to Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director of Health Services Dr. Ouma Oluga (second to right) and NMS Deputy Director Medical Services Dr. Musa Mohammed (left).

Nairobi City Event (Endeleza)

Among those present at the Endeleza closeout event were leadership from CDC, the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS), and UMB. Representatives in attendance from the program's implementing partners included DREAM Trust, SOS Children’s Villages, Ciheb-Kenya, Kenya Police AIDS Control Unit, Nairobi Outreach Services Trust, University of Manitoba, and facility in-charges from all the implementing health facilities.

The event also featured exhibitions including artwork and items made by program beneficiaries including adolescents from Operation Triple Zero clubs, as well as clients from the various supported clinics and health facilities. Abstracts and posters generated by the program over the five years that were presented in various local and international conferences were also displayed in the meeting. There were speeches by UMB and Ciheb-Kenya senior management, the NMS, CDC, as well as various other partners.

The PACT Endeleza program was lauded for its work in HIV, TB, cervical cancer screening, strengthening of health systems, and continuous quality improvement. This included interventions such as mobile van dispensing for the medically assisted therapy clinic and pre-exposure prophylaxis services. Some program beneficiaries including sex workers, recovering heroin addicts, maternal case managers, and health workers also gave testimonials on how the program has impacted their lives, their families, as well as those of the communities they work for.

Contact

Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity
Institute of Human Virology

Andrew Tie
Senior Media and Public Relations Specialist
atie@ihv.umaryland.edu

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