Kenya

© Corrie Wingate for Frontline AIDS

We’re on the frontline of AIDS in Kenya, implementing programmes that respond to the needs of marginalised populations.

The story of HIV and AIDS in Kenya is a generalised one, meaning that the epidemic affects people from all demographics. In fact, the latest data shows that 1.5 million people were living with HIV in Kenya in 2017. However, new HIV infections tend to be highest among marginalised groups such as men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and people who use drugs.

Through the PITCH programme, Frontline AIDS partners in Kenya are developing the capacity of civil society organisations to advocate for improved access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

One such example is currently underway. The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) is awaiting the result of a landmark ruling on whether the country’s current sexual offences laws are unconstitutional.

Currently, the punishment for same-sex sexual acts is up to 14 years imprisonment. A verdict on the case is expected in late February 2019.

The Rapid Response Fund also works in Kenya, providing grants for organisations to respond to stigma, discrimination and threats of violence that limit access to HIV services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 75% of people living with HIV in Kenya are on antiretroviral treatment
  • 11,000 new infections were prevented in 2017 thanks to prevention of mother-to-child transmission

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