Like in so much of Africa, HIV/AIDS has become a devastating reality in Kilifi – 50% of hospital admissions and 27% of deaths are attributed to HIV. It is responsible for most of the deaths in the 25-44 year age group, with more deaths in younger females signaling an earlier age of infection. The project will benefit the population at large --children, and men and women of all ages.
IAVI works with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Center for Geographic Medicine to provide community education on HIV prevention, and strengthen voluntary HIV counseling/testing services.
Staff will train peer-educators, conduct community group discussions, and train hospital staff on HIV status confidentiality.