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NCDs and HIV fight for limited resources

NAIROBI, 20 September 2011 (PlusNews) - The crowd of health issues jostling for a share of Kenya's inadequate health budget is expanding, with activists calling for an increase in resources for the management of non-communicable diseases, which account for more than 50 percent of hospital deaths and admissions. full report

KENYA-SOMALIA: Hidden sex work, HIV risk in Dadaab

DADAAB, 16 September 2011 (PlusNews) - At Ifo trading centre, a short distance from northeastern Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex, Hawa*, a teenage girl, sits in a dark room on an old jerry can holding a small bunch of fresh khat, a mild stimulant, ostensibly for sale. full report

KENYA-SOMALIA: Refugees at risk of sexual violence

DADAAB, 8 September 2011 (PlusNews) - Amina*, 27, left her home town of Kismayo in south-central Somalia at the end of May for northern Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. The journey took her and her four children 14 days and nearly broke them, but between the famine and the conflict, she was afraid that staying in Somalia could mean death. full report

KENYA: Weak HIV-positive people struggle to access food aid

NAIROBI, 23 August 2011 (PlusNews) - Every morning, Julia Aukot walks 17km to eastern Kenya's Isiolo town in search of work so she can feed her six children and ailing husband; the journey is punishing, but as her family's sole breadwinner, she has no choice. full report

KENYA: Clinics struggle to keep patients not yet eligible for ARVs

NAIROBI, 2 August 2011 (PlusNews) - Jairus Musau tested HIV-positive two years ago, but when he was told he would not immediately be given antiretrovirals, his parents insisted he visit a traditional healer in his eastern Kenya hometown of Kitui. full report

HORN OF AFRICA: Drought and HIV - a dangerous combination

NAIROBI, 28 July 2011 (PlusNews) - More than 11.6 million people are facing starvation in the Horn of Africa, and as aid agencies struggle to feed them, experts are warning that a lack of food could have wider consequences, including jeopardizing the health of people on HIV treatment. full report

KENYA: Illiteracy hampers treatment programmes

TURKANA/NAIROBI, 25 July 2011 (PlusNews) - Isaac Nanok religiously collects his antiretrovirals (ARVs) from his local health centre every month, but the information on the packaging is meaningless as he is illiterate. full report

KENYA: More cervical cancer screening for HIV-positive women urged

KISUMU, 12 July 2011 (PlusNews) - The Kenyan government is taking steps to incorporate screening for cervical cancer - one of the biggest killers of women of child-bearing age - into HIV care, but health workers say low awareness means the uptake of this vital service is low. full report

KENYA: Poor adherence threatens paediatric ARV programme

NAIROBI, 21 June 2011 (PlusNews) - As Kenya puts more HIV-positive children on life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs, experts are warning that unless more effort is put into ensuring the medicines are taken regularly, widespread treatment failure could result. full report

KENYA: Rural MSM too afraid to access HIV health services

LANJUERA, 14 June 2011 (PlusNews) - Discriminatory laws and a largely homophobic society mean that men who have sex with men in Kenya generally find it difficult to access HIV-related information and health services, but rural MSM have an especially hard time. full report

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