State rolls out HIV interventions survey

George Kebaso, Alvin Mwangi and Wangui Githugo @PeopleDailyKe

Kenya has rolled out a survey that seeks to provide scientifically triggered evidence on HIV interventions in the country even as 53 per cent of infected persons, sadly, are unaware of their status.

The third HIV Population-based HIV Survey dubbed Kenya Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) will, for the first time focus on the prevalence rate as presented by three sexually transmitted infections; Hepatitis B, syphilis on top of HIV.

It is also the first time; population-based information about prevention, care and treatment of HIV in infants and children will be collected on a national scale.

Whereas, partners have put in Sh2 billion in the survey, the government will inject an estimated Sh1.5 billion and a contribution in kind from county governments.

In the new survey, teams involved will visit approximately 20, 000 randomly selected households across the country, and will target up to 35, 000 people aged between 0-64 years.  Yesterday, the Ministry of Health said, those who choose to participate in the voluntary exercise, will receive HIV counselling and testing in their homes and get the results on the same day.

Health Cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki said in Nairobi the survey that targets selected households comes after several years of scaling up HIV prevention, treatment and care.”

KENPHIA will look at the state of the HIV epidemic in Kenya and the impact of efforts towards the epidemic control,” she said and urged Kenyans to participate in the survey as part of the country’s vision of providing Universal Healthcare Coverage by 2022.

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