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HIV Family Initiative

The HIV Family Initiative is a Project championed by the Mitahato Education and Development Fund in partnership with The Kijabe Health Unit in Githunguri District. Our ProjectMission is to improve the quality of life of HIV/AIDS patients by providing them with accessible Medical Care, promoting Food Security, Quality Nutrition and Sustainable Income.

This Project will target 1600 families affected by HIV/AIDs in Githunguri Sub County. Through the support of Kijabe Health Unit, we have identified 120 families with an immediate need for food security and medical attention; these families will be enrolled in the first phase of the project. We will achieve our mission through various interventions ie. planting of kitchen gardens, providing transportation to clinics and coverage of secondary medication needs and psychosocial support.

hivfamily2016MEDF staff with families enrolled under the project

Overview of HIV/AIDS in Kenya

Over the past decade, HIV has been an ongoing challenge in Kenya accounting for the deaths of an estimated 58,465 per year (UNAIDS 2014). With the assistance of Donor Nations the Government does provide for free anti-retroviral drugs and for the treatment of diseases directly associated with HIV/AIDs. However, this care does not cover transportation to Clinics and other opportunistic infections not directly related to the HIV infection as well as food insecurity.

The HIV Family Initiative is in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 social pillar on Health. The Government aims to provide for an efficient, integrated, high quality and affordable health care system for all Kenyans. Priority will be given to preventive care at community and household levels, through a decentralized national health-care system.

Project Objectives:

  • Establishment of Vegetable Kitchen Gardens - We are supporting the families to grow heathy vegetable gardens to boost their nutrition and for food security. Already, we have set-up gardens for 5 families and trained them to grow spinach, grain amaranth, nightshade, ethiopian kale, climbing beans and other nutritious foods.
  • Transportation Costs to the Health Unit - In addition to transportation costs we provide for needed medication and unfunded secondary medical care.
  • Installation of Underground Poly-Tanks - Water is always a challenge. Our Project provides the tools neededfor harvesting rain water for use in the kitchen gardening project.
  • Psychosocial Support - We are working with the affected families in clusters, to counter stigma and educate them on living positively. An HIV/AIDs Education campaign has already been extended to schools and churches as a first line measure to fight against new infections, especially amongst the youth. HIV is now the #1 cause of death for Kenyan Youth under the age of 24.

 You can support one of these families through a Mini Campaign Fundraiser.
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"You Can Make a Difference, Together We Can Change a Life Forever"

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Thank you!! Mr. Blair Smith and the graders of St. Therese Catholic Australia and to Julie Wesolowski Johnson's Elementary School Chicago for adopting a family under the HIV Family Project.

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