KENYA – SUCCESS IN HIV CONTROL – COUNTRY INVITED TO BE PART OF THE ‘RED’ PROJECT – read on…….

In the past 5 years, Kenya has demonstrated impact seen through 45% reduction of new HIV infections from 166,000 in 2007 to 91,949 in 2012.  There has also been a 51% reduction of AIDS related deaths from 71,000 in 2007 to 35,106 in 2012 (NASCOP Report 2012).  This translates to the aversion of 270,000 deaths as at end of 2011.

That has been made possible through the concerted efforts including the GOK, PEPFAR, CHAI, and Global Fund among others.  The main strategiesinclude provision of life prolonging ART, Combination Prevention Strategies including HIV testing, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, and Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision among others.

The Global Fund has approved funding of USD 459Million for HIV program in Kenya since 2001.  In 2011, Kenya received the largest grant ever in the country valued at USD 345 Million over five (5) years.  Since 2001, the Global Fund has been a major contributor to the impact on HIV control in Kenya.

Since signing of the HIV SSF grant in 2011 under the leadership of NASCOP, Global Fund has continued to maintain over 200,000 adults and 50,000 children on ART, support HIV testing for over one (1) millionpeople, prevention of opportunistic infections for over 200,000 patients.  The Global Fund also continues to support provision of nutrition supplements and therapeutic foods to adults and children who are malnourished.   It also continues to support human resource and capacity building in ART, PMTCT, Post Rape Care, Nutrition etc.

There has been a dramatic improvement in the performance of the HIV grant from a B2 rating the (lowest ever) in 2008 to the current A2 grant rating.  It is because of this improved performance of the grant and demonstration of impact of the grant that Kenya has been selected to be part of the RED Project.

RED Project was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shrives to engage the private sector in raising both awareness and funds to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.  RED partners the world’s most iconic brands who contribute upto 50% of profit from (RED) brandedgoods and services to Global Fund.

The GOK would like to acknowledge and appreciate the support offered to Kenya in the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria.