REPUBLIC OF KENYA

CS Health launches third health survey to establish HIV/AIDS Prevelance

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman delivers a speech during the launch of KENPHIA survey in Nairobi

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman, US Ambassador Robert Godec and the Director of medical Services Dr. Jackson Kioko during the KENPHIA survey launch in Nairobi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman, US Ambassador Robert Godec and the Director of medical Services Dr. Jackson Kioko flagging of the KENPHIA survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS Health launches third health survey to establish HIV/AIDS Prevelance 

Nairobi, KENYA May 5, 2018 – Kenya has launched the 3rd HIV survey to establish the current number of people living with HIV, new infections and the number of people on HIV treatment.

The survey dubbed “Kenya Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) builds on the Kenya Aids Indicator Survey (KAIS) 2012, and will assess additional critical indicators like Hepatitis B, Syphilis and nutritional status in infants.

The launch was presided by the Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Aman, on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki who acknowledged that the HIV response efforts by the Government and development partners has resulted in significant achievements among them the placement of over 1.1 million people living with HIV and AIDS on antiretroviral therapy.

However, she noted that there are still gaps that need to be filled owing that up to 53% of HIV infected persons are unaware of their status and majority of those infected are not on treatment.

“This is affecting Kenya’s goal of attaining the globally endorsed 90:90:90 target which aims to have 90% of all people living with HIV aware of their status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV on treatment and 90% of people on treatment attaining viral suppression by 2020,” she noted.

In line with UHC and the right to access to quality healthcare, the KENPHIA survey is expected to generate insights on access to quality HIV care by Kenyans. This insight will inform on-going work on ensuring that every Kenyan has access to care regardless of geographic, ethnic or socio-economic diversity, the CS said.

The survey is also expected to generate high county-level data that will enable County Governments to better understand and plan the HIV response in their respective counties.

She called all relevant stakeholders from National and County Governments and partners to engage in the survey implementation and own the survey findings and use them to inform policy and decision-making processes.

She also lauded the US government through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for funding the survey, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, ICAP, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and all other partners involved in the survey.

She also urged all Kenyans to cooperate since there contribution will immensely contribute  to development of better and bolder policies that will guide Kenya towards being free of HIV.