Founded in 2010 thanks to grant funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Secure the Future Fund, our HIV/AIDS program provides free testing and community outreach, focusing on education, prevention and treatment across all age groups.
HIV/AIDS remains a critical challenge in Africa today, and in Kenya it is estimated that between 1.6-1.9 million people live with HIV/AIDS. Maai Mahiu, Kenya is located along a major trade route nicknamed the "HIV Highway" due to the rampant spread of disease in this area. People living with HIV/AIDS in the region often suffer from a lack of economic opportunities, difficulty accessing vital medication, poor nutrition, and numerous additional health problems. CTC is working to improve the overall health of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as combat the stigma of being tested and promote prevention through education.
- VCT (Voluntary Counseling & Testing) Clinic with 884 individuals tested for HIV in 2012, averaging 177 visits per month
- Drop-In Center with Health Resources & Youth Activities
- Community Health Workers who lead support groups, make home visits, transport patients to hospitals, and tend to the health needs of families in the region
- Over 400 community members currently in HIV/AIDS support groups
- Treated 1251 patients through our summer medical camps, ranging in age from 3 weeks to 90 years old
- Support groups adopt income-generating activities, such as goat keeping, poultry rearing, and gardening
- School health clubs in 7 schools (both primary and secondary schools)
- Youth Peer Educators: 40 youth equipped with the skills and knowledge to correct the misconceptions among young people on HIV/AIDS and other life issues. [More info]
- Reproductive health care education focused on women and youth
- Cervical cancer screenings and pregnancy tests
- Outreach to sex workers through a combination of preventive, capacity building, and economic empowerment (Table Banking) initiatives
- Kids Days: a quarterly event of sports, therapy and sharing for youth ages 5 to 14 who have been diagnosed with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS
- Volunteer teams of medical professionals who travel to Kenya each summer seeking ways to collaborate with local physicians and improve sustainable health care offerings in the region
- Kijabe Mission Hospital
- Maai Mahiu Health Center
- Upendo Village--Catholic founded Community-based Organization under Assumptions Sisters of Nairobi (ASN),Upendo Village has been partnering with CTC through medical interventions and nutritional support for people living with HIV/AIDS.