TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

U.N., Kenya partner to stop AIDS epidemic

U.N. and Kenya partner to stop AIDS epidemic. | Courtesy of sciencedaily.com
The United Nations and the Government of Kenya recently partnered to enact a plan that would stop the AIDS epidemic in Kenya by the year 2030.

This new collaboration will use a novel data-collecting tool to watch the progress of the current HIV program. By using this new “Kenya HIV Situation Room,” the health workers will be able to gather data about the service delivery and logistics to create a comprehensive understanding about the epidemic’s reach.

“High velocity data is critical for insights into a more effective and efficient response to HIV,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said. “President [Uhuru] Kenyatta’s leadership will help Africa accelerate progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Situation Room was first created by the Kenyan Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Control Council and UNAIDS, with some support from the Government of Japan. The tool unites data from Kenya’s HIV estimates, the Kenya Medical Supply Agency, data from the National AIDS Control Council on service delivery and program implementers, as well as the District Health Information System.

“Our constitution guarantees every child a right to education, the highest available standard of health and protection from all forms of discrimination,” Kenyatta said. “We cannot change anyone’s HIV status but we can change our attitude. Let us stop stigma and let us stop it right now.”

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