Kenya has seen great success in their HIV response. AIDS related
deaths have fallen by one third since 2002 and HIV prevalence has
consistently declined over the past few years.
In order to strengthen the national response to HIV and AIDS,
Kenya's third National AIDS Strategic Plan, running from
2010-2013, was launched today by the country's Prime Minister
Hon. Raila Odinga in Nairobi. The country has delivered a plan
which uses the best available evidence to guide its response.
Built on the recently undertaken Modes of Transmission analysis,
the plan responds to the need to rethink some of the priorities
of the HIV response to align with the evidence now on hand.
While gains have been made, recent epidemiological modeling
estimated that the total number of people living with HIV in the
country is 1.2 million. And with an estimated 76,300 new HIV
infections in the last year, the Prime Minister in his address
committed to face HIV and AIDS head-on stressing the importance
to "turn off the tap" on new infections. "I encourage Kenyans to
stop the silence and speak out on AIDS," said Mr Odinga.
Men and women in committed relationships now account for 44% of
new infections in Kenya. Mr Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive
Director, building on Mr Odinga's argument stressed that "Clearly
a new approach is needed to reach those traditionally considered
not at high risk. This plan offers just that"
"By pursuing a prevention revolution, we can reduce sexual
transmission of HIV," said Mr Sidibe. "Let 2010 be the year when
change begins and universal access to HIV prevention, treatment,
care and support moves from rhetoric to reality."
This third National AIDS Strategic Plan also sets the stage for a
stronger National AIDS Control Council, which will guide an
inclusive and broad coalition of advocates and stakeholders from
different sectors of society in a more cohesive way.
Mr Sidibe's attendance at the launch concluded his official
country visit to Kenya. During the past five days, the UNAIDS
Executive Director has met with key leaders in the country. He
also took the opportunity to visit the Kibera slum where he met
with women's organization delivering HIV services under very
difficult conditions. Inspired by their strength and resilience,
Mr Sidibe saluted these powerful community members in his remarks
at the launch of the strategic plan.
Participating in the launch in Nairobi were also Hon. Naomi
Shaban, Minister of State for Special Programmers, Hon. Beth
Mugo, Minister of Public Health and Sanitation as well as
Ambassadors and heads of UN agencies.
Reducing sexual transmission of HIV is one of the nine priority
areas in the UNAIDS Outcome Framework
UNAIDS and Millennium Villages Project taking steps to eliminate
mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa -
Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS: Taking Kenya's AIDS
Response to the Next Level (pdf, 99.2 Kb.) -
Ambitious project brings key countries in eastern and southern
Africa closer to �knowing their epidemics'. (12 May 2009) -
Outcome framework Joint action for results: UNAIDS outcome
framework, 2009 � 2011(pdf, 388 Kb) -
KENYA HIV Prevention Response and Modes of Transmission Analysis
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Millennium Village Project (pdf, 33.1 Kb.) -