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Kenya: Comprehensive Care Centers for Informal Urban Settlements

Nairobi, Kenya


Summary

Jhpiego has worked in Kenya for more than 30 years. An important and growing focus for Jhpiego is the health of Kenyans who reside in informal urban settlements, commonly referred to as slums. Jhpiego’s Comprehensive Care Center Program, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation since 2005, seeks to ensure that people living with HIV in Nairobi’s Korogocho and Viwandani communities have access to comprehensive physical and psychological health care services.

Working with nongovernmental and faith-based organizations, Jhpiego has led the effort to create an extensive referral network for these populations so that HIV-infected individuals can easily find the services they need. Development of this network has three critical components:

-- Education and empowerment of clients, including provision of counseling, HIV testing, antiretroviral therapy, nutrition education, immunizations, connections to support groups, and legal advice;

-- Training and preparation of doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers to provide services to this unique population of HIV-infected individuals living in the slums; and

-- Provision of basic equipment to the health care facilities, including infection prevention supplies.

About Jhpiego: For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.

For more information, please visit our web site: www.jhpiego.org

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