Clinton Foundation to Provide $38 Million to Kenya to Increase Treatment Access Among Children Living With HIV/AIDS
October 17, 2007
The Clinton Foundation has allocated 2.5 billion Kenyan shillings, or about $38 million, for next year to fund a three-year program that aims to ensure that all HIV-positive children in the country have access to treatment, the East African Standard reports. About 13,000 of the 102,000 children in Kenya living with HIV/AIDS have access to antiretroviral drugs and 60,000 are in need of treatment, James Nyikal, the country's director of medical services, said Monday in Nairobi, Kenya, at the launch of a pediatric HIV/AIDS awareness campaign (Ndegwa, East African Standard, 10/16).
Nyikal said the campaign to scale up treatment access among children is crucial. A recent government survey showed that 61% of mothers and caregivers were unaware of the availability of HIV testing for children. Nyikal added that 12% of survey participants had taken their children to be tested for HIV. "This public awareness campaign therefore aims to create demand for HIV testing in pregnant women and children," he said. Nyikal also announced that new infant HIV testing equipment had been installed at the Kenya Medical Research Institute laboratory in Nairobi, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret and the CDC lab in Kisumu (East African Standard, 10/16).
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