Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Two local guys helping three of the Iftin ladies bring sack garden supplies to their home with a hand cart. We are so excited to see how many women are embracing the bag gardening project!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
On October 9th, our friends Patrick Maina and Henry Mwangi from the African Christian Church & Schools (ACC&S), participated in a moonlight VCT clinic with the Embu Guardians of Hope. We are excited to share part of their brief report!
I am writing to update you on the progress of Embu GOH project on their moonlight VCT. I and Henry paid a visit to Embu on 9th October to witness the event.
The event was so well organized as the local Chief together with the local OCS (Police) were in attendance. The level of stigma have gone down so much that the people are so much willing to know their status. Those in the waiting were so many such that the counselors could not handle all of them. Again from their report they were able to test about 100 people both male and female.
The importance of one knowing his/her status was well explained by the counselors emphasizing that once a person knows his or her status it helps in planning. Again the cases of discordant couples is in the increase among the married people. Once a person knows their status, it helps to prevent reinfection, and helps to prevent a mother from infecting their new born babies. Prevention of Mother To Child (PMTC) is being emphasized.
Why is it important for people to know their HIV status?
• It helps those who are not infected not to become infected
• It helps those who are infected not to infect their uninfected partners or reinfecting one another among the infected once.
• It helps those who are infected to receive support, early treatment, care and help from the community and family members.
God bless you and your family.