Kenya Steps Up Efforts to Implement HIV Research Findings

Since inception in May 2012 as the first HIV and AIDS Conference, Maisha Conference has grown in stature to become the biggest HIV and AIDS research conference in the region attracting thousands of participants including researchers, scholars, exhibitors and policy makers in the HIV response both locally and internationally. The just concluded 3 day Maisha Conference 2017, certainly the biggest of them all, attracted over 1000 local and international participants and witnessed the presentation of 64 abstracts, living up to its billing of providing a platform for HIV information sharing under the theme of ‘Translating Science to End New Infections in Kenya’. The truly regional Conference hosted international guests such as the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAID) Executive Director Dr. Leonard L. Maboko and Uganda AIDS Commission Ag. Director General Dr. Nelson Musoba. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

NACC Chairperson Ms.Angeline Siparo (5th left) in a group photo with NEPHAK C.E.O Mr. Nelson Otwoma(5th right),Former NACC Chairperson Prof.Mary Getui, (4th right), Mr.Latiff Shaban NACC Board Member (3rd right),NACC C.E.O Dr. Nduku Kilonzo(2nd Right),Mrs. Rahab Muiu NACC Board Member(right),Ms.Dorothy Onyango NACC Board Member(4th left),Mrs. Jacinta Mutegi NACC Board Member(3rd left), Rev. Canon Rosemary Mbogo NACC Board Member(2nd left) and Mrs. Joyce Mutugi NACC Board Member(left) during Maisha HIV and AIDS Research Conference 2017.

NACC Chairperson Ms.Angeline Siparo (5th left) in a group photo with NEPHAK C.E.O Mr. Nelson Otwoma(5th right),Former NACC Chairperson Prof.Mary Getui, (4th right), Mr.Latiff Shaban NACC Board Member (3rd right),NACC C.E.O Dr. Nduku Kilonzo(2nd Right),Mrs. Rahab Muiu NACC Board Member(right),Ms.Dorothy Onyango NACC Board Member(4th left),Mrs. Jacinta Mutegi NACC Board Member(3rd left), Rev. Canon Rosemary Mbogo NACC Board Member(2nd left) and Mrs. Joyce Mutugi NACC Board Member(left) during Maisha HIV and AIDS Research Conference 2017.

 

Global AIDS Report

The world has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. How to reach this bold target within the Sustainable Development Goals is the central question facing the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, to be held from 8 to 10 June 2016. The extraordinary accomplishments of the last 15 years have inspired global confidence that this target can be achieved. UNAIDS recommends a Fast-Track approach:

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Maisha Maarifa Research Hub

The National AIDS Control Council (NACC) is charged with accountability for HIV and AIDS results in Kenya. To strengthen evidence for HIV programming and access to research information and knowledge, NACC with support from stakeholders has established the Kenya HIV, SRH and co-morbidities Research Hub dubbed ‘Maisha Maarifa Hub’.

Key functions of the Maisha Maarifa Hub

The Research Hub is an online-based site that will amalgamate information and promote evidence-based programming and policy formulation through research by:

  • Availing research reports of studies in Kenya that may not have been drafted into peer-reviewed published manuscripts which often contain rich quality information that is not shared in any platform
  • Providing updated information on ongoing HIV research to reduce duplication in protocol and proposal development among stakeholders

The Research Hub will be interactive in the following ways:

  • Communities of practice will be established to provide a forum for deliberation on critical HIV-related research issues, debate and advise the NACC and other governmental agencies
  • Partners & stakeholders will access the Hub and upload information as and when needed through an approval process
  • The database will be open to partners and stakeholders subject to a set of guidelines, thus allowing researchers to interact on study and methodology.

The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) provided approval for NACC to collect data from Ethical Review Committee (ERCs) which is and continues to be updated.

Web Address of Maisha Maarifa Hub

The Maisha Maarifa Hub is an online platform that can be accessed through an internet enabled phone or laptop/PC with internet access.

The system can be accessed through the following web address: http://www.maishamaarifa.or.ke

LOGIN IN TO THE SYSTEM

Only partners who have registered to the portal and their registration details approved by NACC will be able to login to the system.

The registered partners will be able to upload their approved research work to the system and participate in online discussions within the communities of practice section. Non-registered partners will be able to access other services in the Hub.

THE MAISHA MAARIFA HUB HOMEPAGE

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Project X Party: A Response From The National AIDS Control Council

The attention of National AIDS Control Council (NACC) has been drawn to an advertisement in social media of a party dubbed “Project X” involving sexual orgies, alcohol and drug abuse, targeting people of all ages and especially young people. The NACC wishes to state the following in response to such advertisements and parties:

  1. These are coming at a time when NACC and other partners are implementing Kenya’s Fast – Track Plan to End HIV and AIDS among Adolescents and Young People that was launched in September 2015 by H.E. the President of Republic of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta.
  2. It should further be noted that in 2014, about 29 per cent of all new HIV infections in the country occurred among adolescents and young people and that AIDS was (and remains) the leading cause of morbidity (ill-health) and mortality (death) among this population group.
  3. The NACC strongly discourages any such parties, functions or events that provide a fertile ground for participants to engage in activities that not only fuel HIV infection and other sexually transmitted infections, but also ruins their overall character and the ability to lead responsible lives.
  4. The NACC therefore strongly supports the position taken by the Kenya Police Service in banning the planned Project X Party and any other similar events.
  5. While NACC does not dictate how adults exercise their sexual freedom, it is important to point out that the freedom should be exercised responsibly and within the law, without putting people (and especially children, adolescents and young people) at risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; and promoting behavior that is geared towards ruining their lives. Therefore the NACC strongly advises that all people including adolescents and the youth to keep off such events and activities.
  6. “Weed” and other illegal drugs do not make anybody more attractive, intelligent or successful in life – they actually cause dependence and destroy a person’s life, making the person not attain his/her full potential in life. Girls and boys (and even adults) who are “stoned”, end up either very badly hurt or possibly dead.
  7. The NACC and her partners continue to support access to a diverse package of interventions geared towards protecting people from HIV and other related infections by guaranteeing ease of access to the interventions within health facilities and the community across the country. Any person at risk of exposure to HIV and other related infections is encouraged to seek the services available.
  8. The NACC wishes to inform Adolescent and Young people to seek for concrete and proper information on matters HIV from the NACC website (www.nacc.or.ke).

Policy Brief On Domestic Financing Of The Kenya Hiv And Aids Research Agenda 2014-2019

The Kenya HIV and AIDS Research Agenda (2014-2019) identified top priority areas and is costed at USD 109 million of gross resources needs.90-95% of HIV and AIDS Research funding inKenya is largely donor funded and is projected to reach a 20% annual reduction by 2019—this threatens the scientific gains and goals of ending AIDS.

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