UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) members participated last week in the annual Board field trip – this year to Kenya – that provides an opportunity to meet with government and community representatives and visit local HIV projects. NGO Delegates Nadia Rafif (Africa) and Rathi Ramanathan (Asia-Pacific) attended on behalf of the Delegation.
“With 1.6 million people currently living with HIV out of a population of 40 million, Kenya has the second largest epidemic in East and Southern Africa and the fourth largest globally.
The delegation also met with representatives of key populations at higher risk, which account for 30% of HIV transmission in the country. “Despite a restrictive legal environment for men who have sex with men, sex workers and people who inject drugs, Kenya has shown that programmes can be extended to key populations at higher risk with the commitment of national AIDS authorities,” said Nadia Rafif, the PCB NGO representative for Africa.”
Read the full press release on the field visit on the UNAIDS website.
In a future post, NGO Delegate Rathi Ramanthan will share her stories from the trip.