Africa Asia Middle East عربي Français Português Subscribe IRIN Site Map
Global HIV/AIDS news and analysis
Advanced search
Please take our short audience survey
 Monday 16 June 2008
Weekly reports 
In-Depth reports 
Country profiles 
Fact files 
Really Simple Syndication Feeds 
About PlusNews 
Contact PlusNews 
Print report
KENYA: Cash boost for HIV/AIDS programmes

PEPFAR supported over 42,000 thousand condom outlets
NAIROBI, 9 May 2007 (PlusNews) - Efforts to curb the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya received a boost this week when the United States (US) committed to US$370 million for the support of treatment, care and prevention programmes.

"Kenya will benefit from more than 10 times the US funding that was available four years ago," the US Ambassador to Kenya, Michael Ranneberger, said at the release of an overview of the third annual report to Congress on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday.

In the 2005 fiscal year - from 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005 - more than $142 million was disbursed in Kenya by PEPFAR, according to the National AIDS and STI (sexually transmitted infection) Control Programme (NASCOP). Kenya has a national HIV prevalence of 5.9 percent.

According to Ranneberger, the increase in funding was prompted by the success of PEPFAR's programmes in Kenya: almost 380,000 pregnant women were tested for HIV over a six-month period from 30 March to the end of September 2005. Of these, nearly 24,000 also received drugs to keep their children free of infection.

"We have also seen a sevenfold increase in the number of pregnant women who did not just get single-dose treatment, but ended up getting started on lifelong treatment," said Warren Buckingham, PEPFAR's country coordinator.

During the same period, Ranneberger said, PEPFAR also supported over 42,000 thousand condom outlets, including pharmacies, and reached over one million sexually active Kenyans, contrary to the perception that the organisation only supported abstinence and faithfulness in HIV prevention.

National treatment coverage improved from 1.5 percent in 2003 to 35.8 in 2006 but, like most of PEPFAR's 15 focus countries, Kenya has seen a drop in life expectancy as a result of HIV/AIDS, which has also been counteracting improvements in other health indicators, the overview of the report said.

Ranneberger said the increased funding for HIV programmes in Kenya was also due to careful monitoring of the funds to ensure accountability and transparency.

The funding for 2007 also includes $5 million to expand access to information on male circumcision, after research findings indicated that men who had undergone the procedure dramatically lowered their risk of contracting the HI virus.


Theme(s): (IRIN) Care/Treatment - PlusNews


[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]
Print report
FREE Subscriptions
Your e-mail address:

Submit your request
 More on Kenya
GLOBAL: Whose money on the table for climate change?
GLOBAL: UN plan to tackle food crisis gets a test-drive
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Understanding infidelity
GLOBAL: Trying to put more in the food basket
GLOBAL: Bad ethanol, good ethanol
 More on Care/Treatment - PlusNews
SOUTH AFRICA: TAC prevails over Rath
ZIMBABWE: AIDS service NGOs allowed to resume operations
GLOBAL: Human rights high on UNGASS agenda
UGANDA: Routine HIV testing boosts uptake
SOUTH AFRICA: HIV and depression - something to talk about
Back | Home page

Services:  Africa | Asia | Middle East | Radio | Film & TV | Photo | E-mail subscription
Feedback · E-mail Webmaster · IRIN Terms & Conditions · Really Simple Syndication News Feeds · About PlusNews · Bookmark PlusNews · Donors

Copyright © IRIN 2008
This material comes to you via IRIN, the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the United Nations or its Member States. Republication is subject to terms and conditions as set out in the IRIN copyright page.