Jan 13, 2020

Report: Dare to Join the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Contributing to breaking the cycle of poverty and AIDS in rural Kenyan villages, SOTENI International AIDS Barefoot Doctors are community members/health workers who provide home-based care, group therapy and education to people living with HIV/AIDS. In our three SOTENI Villages of Hope.

In 2019, SOTENI AIDS Barefoot Doctors facilitated the following:

  • Hosting 140 support groups which served 21,143 people in total
  • Distributing 705,295 P&G Purifier of Water packets in partnership with the P&G Children's Safe Drinking Program.
  • Over 16,000 people in SOTENI Villages of HOPE received access to safe drinking water through the P&G Purifier of Water packets, distributed by SOTENI AIDS Barefoot Doctors.

Why is clean water so important to SOTENI’s mission?

  • Many anti-retroviral treatments and drugs that HIV/AIDS individuals require safe drinking water in order to be effective.
  • When mothers with HIV/AIDS elect to feed their infants with formula instead of breast milk, safe drinking water is needed to mix the milk formula. Unsafe water puts babies at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases and infections.
  • Each P&G Purifier of Water packet treats 10 liters of potentially dangerous, contaminated water in just 30 minutes. 

SOTENI International is proud to announce that P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) has extended its partnership with SOTENI to provide clean water to rural Kenya through 2020. Since 2010, P&G’s CSDW program has provided support to SOTENI’s AIDS Barefoot Doctors Clean Water outreach. With this renewed support, SOTENI aims to increase the distribution of water purification packets by 23%; reaching more than 2,000 families a month, who are living with HIV/AIDS. The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program was launched in 2004 and recently celebrated delivering 15 billion liters of clean drinking water in more than 90 countries.


SOTENI was founded 16 years ago with a vision to be the best model for preventing AIDS in vulnerable communities around the world. Last year alone, SOTENI served over 17,000 individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in rural Kenya. We did this through our flagship program, AIDS Barefoot Doctors, our clean water partnership with Procter & Gamble’s Children Safe Drinking Water program, and community-responsive programs in SOTENI Villages of Hope including a health clinic, a community business and learning center, agriculture projects and income-generating activities.

We invite you to read our 2019 Annual Report. As you read through it, we know you will be proud of the work SOTENI is doing, and we hope you recognize your vital part in advancing SOTENI’s vision.

Your ongoing support is the reason SOTENI is able to create a vision and plan for our strategic growth, outreach and engagement.

Thank you for being with SOTENI, as a supporter and friend as we move forward together! We are truly grateful for your support. 


Oct 4, 2019

Report: Dare to Join the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Carolyn, AIDS Barefoot Doctor
Carolyn, AIDS Barefoot Doctor

Thank you for your support of SOTENI’s AIDS Barefoot Doctor Program through SOTENI’s Global Giving Campaign; Dare to Join the Fights Against HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

SOTENI empowers tens of thousands of people affected by HIV/AIDS to break the chain of infection and poverty through SOTENI’s innovative and effective AIDS Barefoot Doctors program. AIDS Barefoot Doctors are community health workers dedicated to destigmatizing and supporting people living with HIV/AIDS in underserved, remote villages in rural Kenya.

Between June to September 2019, 18 SOTENI AIDS Barefoot Doctors served 2,820 people living with HIV/AIDS through 141 support groups and direct assistance and referrals. AIDS Barefoot Doctors’ support groups focus on psychosocial therapy, group therapy and education on life skills including HIV prevention and treatment; personal care and health; individual and family hygiene and nutrition; group communication skills; personal banking; and food and water sanitation. AIDS Barefoot Doctors also distribute monthly supplies of water purification packets to participants in the support groups. SOTENI AIDS Barefoot Doctors distributed 84,600 water purification packets from June to September, which equals 846,000 liters of safe drinking water for the families of 2,820 people.

SOTENI’s AIDS Barefoot Doctors also strengthen follow-up systems for district sub-county hospitals. This follow-up ensures patient referrals, the continuation of anti-retroviral treatment and compliance with care plans prescribed by doctors and local hospitals. Overall, AIDS Barefoot Doctors strengthen patient care and healthcare-system governance across all the villages we serve. AIDS Barefoot Doctors is SOTENI’s main programmatic strategy toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Goal (UNSDG) to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

This is only made possible through partnerships and support from individuals and organizations. SOTENI works alongside supporters like you and our Kenyan partners to continue to advance our mission and invest in a better, safer future for the people of Kenya whose lives have been impacted by AIDS.

George, AIDS Barefoot Doctor
George, AIDS Barefoot Doctor
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