HIV PREVENTION PROJECT
PIPE in partnership with AHF Kenya and Ministry of Health is implementing a prevention project in three sub-counties in Nairobi. This includes HIV counseling and testing, to identify people living with HIV who are not linked to care and link them to services. We promote safer sex practice, condom promotion and distribution in different sites. PIPE conducts community dialogues and sensitization forums on HIV prevention, care and support as well as psycho-social support meetings with youths to promote adherence and retention to care.
Young Women Lead Evidence Advocacy Research Network (LEARN); What PrEP mean for young women?
What: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been identified as a valuable HIV prevention tool. Young Women LEARN is a two-year project, funded by the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, combining participatory action research with leadership methodologies to inform and enhance the roll-out of PrEP by, with and for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in all of their diversity.
Aims and Objectives: To ensure that PrEP roll-out and implementation is responsive to the needs, rights, priorities and preferences of AGYW through generating evidence, promoting meaningful engagement of AGYW and through contributing to an enabling environment.
How: Led by the ATHENA Initiative and delivered in partnership with PIPE in Kenya and ICWEA in Uganda, LEARN will equip a cadre of 10 LEARN Ambassadors among AGYW (aged 20-24 years) most impacted by HIV to define their priorities, gather meaningful data, contribute to the formal evidence base around HIV prevention science and to advocate for prevention programming reflecting AGYW’s lived realities, values and preferences. The LEARN Ambassadors will also identify, support and mentor 100 AGYW in their communities as peer mobilizers to raise awareness around PrEP and sexual and reproductive health services in their communities.
4M+ (My life, My health, My choice, My child) perinatal peer mentoring project with women living with HIV in Kenya
This project is Funded by MACAIDS Fund through Salamander Trust. Women living with HIV will be trained and skilled up as ‘Mentor Mothers’ to support other women living with HIV, around them. Each training will be delivered over 3 days. The trained ‘Mentor Mothers’ will then be able to support expectant mothers (and those planning to conceive) to feel that they are in the driving seat in relation to these 4 issues.
The aims are to train the participants in the following knowledge, so that they can each support an average of 5 other women living with HIV as they go through the pregnancy journey.
Participants gain an understanding and/or enhance their knowledge and skills around:
Preconception Planning: basics of HIV, preventing onward and vertical transmission; safer conception/what to consider if/when planning to conceive
Pregnancy: what happens during pregnancy; national guidelines/interventions to prevent onward transmission; how to apply these at a personal level/strategies around talking to significant others about HIV
Delivery: Available options and when which would be suitable/making informed choices around Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
Aftercare: For both the woman and her baby/the importance of staying engaged in health and social care services before/during and after delivery.
Creative Writing/Peer support: To give participants a safe and creative space in which to explore, share and reflect upon their experiences of living with HIV; as well as to explore, enhance and reinforce their role as effective ‘Mentor Mothers’, through creative writing exercises.
YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS – Young Women Living with HIV Access Family Planning Information and Services
PIPE in partnership with PAI are implementing a project to engage young women living with HIV, service providers and policy makers to ensure that family planning programs enable young women living with HIV access to contraception
The objective is to;
- Facilitate young women living with HIV to inform and input into sub-national policy making and budget allocation to include reproductive health-care including family planning
- Gather evidence and understanding on contraceptive needs of young women living with HIV including in-depth understanding of the barriers young women living with HIV face when accessing contraceptives in health care settings
- Increase awareness amongst young women living with HIV on their rights to seek Family Planning services of their choice
Advocacy to End forced and coerced sterilization of women living with HIV
Implemented in East of Nairobi, the project focuses on building advocacy against forced and coerced sterilization of women living with HIV; these includes providing monthly psychosocial support women who have undergone forced and coerced sterilization; Leading a campaign to end the vice; community education on sexual reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV.