CHAK has hosted a visit by a high level team from USG-PEPFAR, Washington DC, for discussions on scaling up FBOs engagement in the HIV response.
The visiting team held two meetings with FBOs on Wednesday December 5 and Thursday December 6, 2018. The two forums followed dicussions between the visiting PEPFAR team and various church bodies in the country.††
The team met over 100 religious leaders and stakeholders in the FBO HIV/AIDS response in Kenya. The meetings took place at CHAK Guest House and AACC Desmond Tutu Conference Centre.†
Discussions centred around the potential of the Church, religious leaders and other FBOs in scaling up HIV responses towards the attainment of 90-90-90 targets.
The PEPFAR team visit comes in the wake of an announcement by the US Government that it would invest USD100 million to address key gaps towards achieving HIV epidemic control and ensuring justice for children, including by leveraging the unique capacities and compassion of faith-based organizations and communities.
These resources, subject to the availability of funds and final congressional notification, will support innovative approaches to reaching young men, adolescent girls and young women, and HIV-positive children with HIV prevention and treatment services. They will also aid efforts to prevent sexual violence against children, which significantly increases their risk of HIV infection. This new commitment will support comprehensive, family and client-centered HIV services through new and existing PEPFAR partners.