Organic Health Response

The Organic Health Response seeks to activate social solidarity, information technology, and environmental sustainability on Mfangano Island in Western Kenya to turn the tide against the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria.

Organic Health Response
P.O. Box 2780
% Daniel Zoughbie
Glenwood Springs, CO 94044
United States
651 216 4306
http://www.organichealthresponse.org

Founder & Director

Chas Salmen

Management Team

Chas Salmen, Richard Magerenge, Kelsi Hines, Annika Terrana

Board of Directors

Chas Salmen, Richard Magerenge, Kelsi Hines, Annika Terrana

Mission

The Organic Health Response seeks to activate social solidarity, information technology, and environmental sustainability on Mfangano Island in Western Kenya to turn the tide against the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria.

Programs

The Ekialo Kiona Center is owned and managed by the people of Mfangano, allowing residents to connect with international partners and coordinate the services of numerous NGO's in Suba District from one location. Most importantly, The Ekialo Kiona Center operates as a community wide "Post-Test Club" providing access to meaningful yet non-essential resources to encourage young people and residents to know their own HIV status. The primary functions of the Ekialo Kiona Center are to: 1) promote the regular use of Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing (VCT); 2) pilot island-wide micro-clinic support program for people living with HIV/AIDS; and 3) promote culturally salient radio programs and information technology workshops for locally-directed health initiatives. "Micro-Clinic" pilot for HIV/AIDS, a novel social networking model designed to facilitate integrated HIV/AIDS care and prevention for rural communities on Mfangano Island. A micro-clinic represents on organic therapy management collective comprised of neighbors, relatives, and friends who come together to provide psycho-social, nutritional, and treatment adherence support for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Sisterhood Exchange Program (SEP) represents a unique collaboration of inspired grassroots activists amoung the IMANI Women's Workshop in Eldoret, Kenya, the Organic Health Response on Mfangano Island, Kenya, and the Advocate Safehouse Project in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This program seeks to improve the lives of rural women by connecting HIV+ women and men from different communities around the globe into one social support network. The goal of the exchange program is to model "positive living," increase social solidarity, and train in entrepreneurial craft making.

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