George Kebaso @Morarak
The government is now planning to distribute condoms to an estimated 40,000 Kenyans who visit Huduma centres across the country as the State intensifies its campaign against HIV/Aids.
A survey shows that 60 per cent of all Huduma Centre visitors are young people between 18-34 years seeking national identification cards, birth certificates, driving licenses and business permits among others.
At the same time, Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a non-governmental organisation – which has been working in the area of HIV prevention in the last 11 years – donated 60 condom dispensers to Huduma Centres in a bid to reach more people ahead of lovers’ day which is celebrated today.
“It is important to help young people who are sexually active to prevent from infections. In our efforts to address the – once again – rising infection rates, we found out that Huduma Centres are strategically located for us to reach out to masses of young people,” AHF Kenya Country Programme Director, Samuel Kinyanjui told People Daily.
Current data shows that HIV infections are on the rise with the disease having killed an estimated 36,000 people in 2016 alone. “Our dispensers have been fitted with a place for coin slotting so that the person who refills them everyday can get something they can use as transport back home, or lunch.
This is meant to motivate them to be refilling the facilities on a daily basis. We must always come up with innovative ways of enhancing protection,” he added.