NAIROBI, Kenya--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rt. Hon. Ekwee Ethuro. EBS. MP Senate speaker for the Republic of Kenya, will cut the ribbon and help dedicate AHF PLAZA, a state-of-the-art anti-retroviral therapy (ART) HIV/AIDS treatment clinic that is a collaboration between Kenya’s Ministry of Health and AHF Kenya, a country program of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The ribbon cutting and dedication takes place Friday, 16 May 2014. Over One hundred honored guests, health centre staff and local residents are expected to attend the clinic ceremony. AHF Kenya’s AHF Plaza is located in the Parklands area in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
Ribbon-cutting Ceremony & AIDS Clinic Dedication—AHF Kenya dedicates new state-of-the-art AIDS treatment clinic, AHF Plaza
FRIDAY, May 16th 2014 9:00 a.m.
3rd Parklands Avenue, Plot 123,
- Rt. Hon. Ekwee Ethuro. EBS. MP Senate speaker, Republic of Kenya
- Dr. Stephen Karau, Country Program Director, AHF Kenya
- Dr. Penninah Iutung Amor, Africa Bureau Chief for AIDS Healthcare Foundation
- Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation
- Mary Nyaguthii , Prevention & Advocacy Manager, AHF Kenya
- Terri Ford, Chief of Global Policy & Advocacy for AIDS Healthcare Foundation
- Tours of the new, state-of-the-art AIDS treatment clinic, interview opportunities
“It is a privilege to partner with the Ministry of Health and to take part in the dedication of this new clinic today,” said Dr. Stephen Karau, Country Program Director for AHF Kenya. “This facility will offer comprehensive care and treatment of HIV/AIDS through antiretroviral medication, management of opportunistic infections, screening and treatment for tuberculosis, laboratory services, and nutritional and psychological support. It is a much-needed resource, and one that we hope will go a long way in helping to address and combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenya.”
“Additionally, AHF Kenya is involved in local advocacy campaigns to lobby for better healthcare delivery and increased accessibility to HIV services by partnering with civil society organizations and both local and national governments,” said Mary Nyaguthii, Prevention & Advocacy Manager, AHF Kenya.
“AHF Kenya also supports a multi-pronged prevention program that includes monthly outreach of free HIV testing and counseling into a multitude of local communities which allows the team to identify people living with HIV who are out of care and link them to services,” said Dr. Penninah Iutung Amor, Africa Bureau Chief for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who is based in Kampala, Uganda. “More than 170,500 people were tested in 2013 through AHF Kenya’s rapid testing program, and over 1.4 million condoms were distributed through local outreach and safer sex promotions.”
“The Government of Kenya has prioritized making ART available to all those in need. We are honored to share that mission with the government, and indeed all Kenyans, as we dedicate and celebrate the opening of this new clinic—the first site in Kenya that AHF has built from the ground up,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “The combination of commitment and expertise in clinical, public health and management skills that are essential for successful HIV treatment programs are brought together in this facility, which we envision as a touchstone of successful collaboration in the fight against AIDS in Kenya.”
AHF first registered as a non-government organization to provide HIV/AIDS services in Kenya in 2008. Since then, AHF Kenya has grown from a five-clinic operation serving just over 3,000 people to a group that now supports 14 clinics in four counties throughout Kenya, serving nearly 14,000 Kenyan men, women, and children.
Over 1.5 million Kenyans are thought to be living with HIV/AIDS. Of those, about 620,000 individuals are currently on lifesaving antiretroviral treatment.
Other AHF Kenya treatment clinic sites include the Mathare Clinic (Nairobi County); Kithituni & Emali Clinics (Makueni County); Rachuonyo Sub-county Hospital, JAM clinic (Homa Bay County); Mikindani MCM, Mtongwe MCM, Kongowea MCM, Kongowea Soko, Likoni District Hospital, and at the Port Reitz District Hospital and satellite clinics Bamburi MCM, Jomvu CDF, and Shika Adabu MCM (Mombasa County).
Of the thirty-four million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, twenty-four million people still do not have access to AIDS treatment. In response, in November 2013, AHF, together with a number of other organizations, kicked off ‘20x20’ – a groundbreaking global effort to scale up the number of people on lifesaving AIDS treatment to ensure that 20 million people worldwide are on antiretroviral treatment by the year 2020.
About AIDS Healthcare Foundation
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 300,000 individuals in 32 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe.