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Shikunga HIV/ AID Recourse Center

Water, Sanitation & Health

Shikunga HIV/ AID Resource Center

Setting up the HIV/ AIDS Resource Center

ROA in collaboration with Gatsby Foundation-UK set up the Shikunga HIV/AIDS Resource Center in 2003 in Butere sub-county. This was a community-initiated project derived from the need by the local community project management committee to respond to challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The resource centre aimed at providing medical, material and psychological support services to the people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as having an updated database on the prevailing social and scientific development on reproductive health and HIV/ AIDs.

To build the capacity of groups, an intensive training was provided in conjunction with the Ministry of health through the facilitation of the Butere/ Mumias District Hospital, HIV/AIDS Coordination Unit. The training revolved around such topics as: the concept of HIV/AIDS home-based care, symptoms of HIV/AIDS, prevention of mother- to- child transmission, community mobilization, and nutrition for people living with HIV/ AIDs, among others.

Project Impacts

This initiative enabled thousands of households to access clean and safe potable water. Should ROA secure an additional funding to support this cause, it intends to reach as many households as possible in years to come. Ultimately, the prevalence of waterborne diseases, distance traveled and time spent fetching water by women is expected to be drastically reduced in Kakamega and Vihiga Counties.
Accompanying spring protection was always aggressive teaching on personal health and sanitation.

A very good outcome related to gender here was that for the first time men appreciated where the women and children were getting water from, as they were involved in the excavation work during spring protection.

Research Partners:

Gatsby Foundation, UK

The Government of Kenya

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