Approximately 1.3 million Kenyans are living with various forms of disabilities. World Health organization (WHO) first disability world report generally acknowledges that disability is part of the human condition – almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life, and those who survive to old age will experience increasing difficulties in functioning. The Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan includes persons with disabilities as a vulnerable population who require effective interventions to prevent HIV transmission and promotes access to care and treatment.
What we do
In 2002, LVCT Health pioneered Kenya’s first three HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) sites for the deaf where services were provided in Kenyan Sign Language – an initiative that earned the organization the International AIDS Society (IAS) Young Innovative Investigator Award 2006 at the International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
Focus has since grown to include provision of comprehensive HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for persons with disabilities within the national HIV response in Kenya. Key achievements include pioneering the first deaf focused Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV/AIDS sites in Kenya and the region, initiating a national Deaf Mobile HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) campaign in Kenya (2009) that saw over 500 Mobile HIV Testing and Counseling targeting PWDs conducted and the establishment of support groups for persons with disability.
LVCT Health also trained over 1,200 hearing HIV and sexual reproductive health service providers on basic Kenya Sign Language (KSL), built the capacity with over 300 national and county based organizations for persons with disability and played a key role to ensure inclusion of disability issues into Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan (KNASP).