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      Promoting and encouraging knowledge about HIV and prenatal care!

     Today, there are many promising medical opportunities to reduce the transmission of HIV between mother and child: trained intake of HIV- medication during the pregnancy in a combination with other strategies, can reduce the risk of transmission between mother and child to roughly under 2%. The knowledge around this medical option however, is not as widely grown in Kenya as it needs to be.

    Preventing new infections of new-born babies!

    Within the project AIDSFREE, young women exposed to HIV (between ages 10-19) and their children (18 months/2 yeas old), are under supervision during and after their pregnancies. Thus we are pursuing the aim of:

    • reducing transmission of diseases through prenatal care, HIV-testing and preventing procedures
    •  Improvement of the baby’s health and prevention from new infections
    •  Supporting supervised women in questions of health and psychological issues as well in questions in general
    • Sensitisation of the community, relatives and the residential environment of supervised women

    Working with and inside the community

    This support- program is organised through household-visits in the communities of Kolwa-East, Miwani and Kajulu. One AIDSFREE Team consists of three people, a mentor and two household facilitators (a man and a woman), who are supervising 5-8 young women.The mentors are the contact figures to these women. They support and accompany them during their pregnancies, sensitise relatives, inform about medical opportunities and explain medication, such as the medical records of the mother-child-pass.

     Household facilitators support mentors in their work, but in particular, are actively involved in their respective community and try to build up mutual trust and exchange between the community, the relatives and the project itself.

     By now we have trained twelve teams, who are already working with 98 young women. In addition, their duties are coordinated by four supervisors.

     Background:

     Openness around HIV is still not possible in Kenya. Many are lacking knowledge about transmission, abatement and opportunities of medical treatment. This also concerns expectant mothers: the worry from HIV-testing and medical treatment is big, because many fear that in case of a positive HIV-test result of their child, it will be excluded from their surrounding environment or even stigmatised.

     Together we can improve a lot!

     Please support this project and help us giving young women and their children a positive foresight into the future. Thank you very much! Your donation is tax-deductible.

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