Nadia Rafif, NGO Delegate for Africa, and Rathi Ramanathan, NGO Delegation for Asia-Pacific, in Kibera – the largest informal settlement in Eastern Africa – meeting representatives of networks of people living with HIV, children heading households and HIV discordant couples.
In November 2011, UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) members participated in the annual Board field trip – this time to Kenya. These field trips provide an opportunity to meet with government and community representatives and visit local HIV projects. NGO Delegates Nadia Rafif and Rathi Ramanathan 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.
The delegation met with government representatives, including from the Ministry of State for Special Programmes, the National AIDS Control Council (NACC), and the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), and civil society organizations. They also visited a Millennium Village Project (MVP) in Nyanza Province, which promotes a community and family-centred integrated approach where peer mothers, male champions, and community health workers each play a key role in preventing new HIV infections among children.
The following photographs were taken by Yuki Takemoto, UNAIDS External Relations Officer, Office of Cosponsor Relations and Governance; Miguel Angel Toscano Velasco, the Minister to the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations and other International Organizations; and Rathi Ramanathan, NGO Delegate for Asia-Pacific.