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 advocating for change to laws that criminalise same-sex relationships. Their work continues despite a major setback in May 2019 when the country’s High Court upheld the current laws, which can lead to 14 years imprisonment for same-sex acts.
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
Until 2018, we worked with KANCO to implement our work in Kenya. We now work with LVCT plus many other partners to continue delivering vital work to end AIDS in Kenya.
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