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Improved Retention of Patients in HIV/AIDS Treatment Programs in Kenya

Country: Kenya

Locations: Eastern Provinces of Kenya and Nairobi

Head Association: Comunità di S.Egidio ACAP Onlus

Partners: DREAM Foundations – Community of S. Egidio & DREAM Kenya Trust

Donor: Ministero degli Affari Esteri – Italia

Description: The Project has the main objective of improving the quality of care services for people living with HIV/AIDS. About 40% of patients starting antiretroviral treatmetns tend to leave the treatment program after five years. This normally occurs for various reasons including poverty, the need to work, or an insufficient network of transport. In order to have a successful therapy, it is vital that patients continue the treatment for a lifetime. The specific objects of this project is to reduce the dropout rate of treatment after three years to 9%.

This objective will be reached by providing health fare, food supplementation, and psychosocial support at the two DREAM Centers in Nairobi and six in the Eastern Provinces of Kenya (Nkubu, Kyeni, Tunyai, Chaaria, ‘Nchiru, Chiakariga). The project hopes to helps 3,600 people currently living with HIV/AIDS, focusing particularly on pregnant women between the age of 15 and 19 – who are often malnourished, have a low education, and are victims of discrimination at work and in the social life – and all mother-child pairs. The Project will also support the families of the sick with the distribution of food and the spread of knowledge about prevention and HIV/AIDS care.


Beneficiaries: People living with HIV/AIDS, in particular women between the age of 15 and 19, mother-child pair, and all family members of the person infected with HIV/AIDS.

Project Start Date: May 1, 2014

Project End Date: July 31, 2017

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