Nov 21, 2011

Ensuring HIV+ voices are heard

The participants in the strategic planning process
The participants in the strategic planning process

Although the initiative of working with HIV+ people in and around Mariakani started as a programme, SCR (our implementing partner) have now gone a step further by including some of the participants in their recent strategic planning process when the dirsction of the organisation was charted for the next 3-5 years. In this way, the HIV+ voices were heard and listened to in the process, and their views reflected in the final plan for the organisation. This small effort ensures that the organisation remiands close to its target groups and provides the sort of support and guidance as wanted and needed by the HIV+ groups.

Sep 2, 2011

Preparing for the next phase

While the trained facilitators continue to work with the support groups, our partner in Kenya, Support for Community Response, has been through a strategic planning process in which ongoing work with the Positive Self Management programme was agreed as a priority. Discussions are now going on with the facilitators to prepare a proposal for funding for the next stage. 

Jun 8, 2011

Spreading the learning

Facilitators gathered for the review meeting
Facilitators gathered for the review meeting

The facilitators trained in January continue to be involved with their HIV+ support groups. At a review meeting held in May 2011, the facilitators reported that they have been able to train over 100 of their HIV+ friends and colleagues, focusing on issues such as drug adherence, use of condoms, disclosure and how to plan.

Tom, one of the facilitators, was able to convince 10 of his friends to be tested for the virus. All of them proved to be positive and are now taking ARVs (anti-retroviral drugs). The facilitators also reported the changes in their own lives as a result of the training, with Loice sharing how her planning skills have improved, and Chailette reporting her better adherence to the drugs she needs to take.

Stigma remains a big challenge in the community, making disclosure much more difficult for HIV+ people, but the facilitators are confident that the understanding and skills they are able to pass on are helping people cope better and giving them more confidence. They are keen to see their work expand to reach more support groups in the Mariakani area.

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