As one of Africa's wealthiest nations, the economic threats which the AIDS epidemic presents has heightened government awareness. The results of a study estimate that by the year 2005 Kenya's GDP will be nearly 1/6th smaller than it otherwise would have been had AIDS never occurred. Furthermore per capita income is projected to be reduced by 10 percent as a result of AIDS. This loss can be attributed to a loss in labor productivity a reduction in investment and savings and changes in the labor market supply and demand. In order for the nation to remain at a level of productivity as if AIDS did not exist there would need to be a 50% increase in the amount of foreign aid.
The Kenyan government's official approach to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been to counsel abstention, monogamy and the use of condoms. But in the long term, a system of home care for AIDS sufferers is also needed to relieve crowded hospitals as the public system will not be able to handle the number of cases. Many believe that home care by family members is the best option for care and support.
The Kenyan Department of Public Health can been promoting the use and distribution of condoms. Since late 1996, condom dispensers were installed in bars, hotels, and lodging houses free of charge.
leaders counselling in AIDS prevention
Community Based Prevention Efforts
Media supporting churches in AIDS prevention
Sexual behavior and risk among men
Women and AIDS:
Prevention at the border
Prostitutes negotiating for safe-sex
Women's Reproductive Health
Government ban on an indigenous treatment
Expeditions searching for tropical medicines to cure infectious diseases
Kemron: anti-AIDS drug
Community Based Organizations:
Department of Community Health
College of Health Sciences
University of Nairobi
Kenyatta National Hospital
Tel: (254-2) 72-63-00 x 2376
Positively Women of Kenya
P.O. Box 76618
Tel: (254-2) 78-60-51 / 78-57-92
Fax: (254-2) 23-23-92