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AHF and Kenya Medical Research Institute Partner to Save Lives at Free AIDS Treatment Clinic in Mombasa
Date:10/3/2007

eatment in Kenya at this community-based setting and other treatment sites in the country in the future."

"The Mtongwe Health Care Center will provide the full continuum of integrated HIV/AIDS services. People can come to the clinic for free confidential HIV/AIDS testing and counseling and, if needed, receive appropriate and high-quality HIV/AIDS care and treatment at no cost to them," added Dr. Okongo. "In our family care model, we encourage parents to bring their children and husbands and wives to come together, and we will work with our partners at KEMRI to ensure that all people who visit the clinic receive the best possible care."

"AHF's strategy in this newest global treatment center will be to provide support and technical assistance to ensure the highest quality of care to patients at this new facility in Kenya," added Henry E. Chang, Chief of Global Affairs for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "This includes the training of local medical staff to provide the highest quality care and treatment to those in need, a key to the success of all of AHF's global ART delivery programs. AHF will also work in close cooperation with the Kenya Medical Research Institute to ensure our mutually-defined treatment goals and objectives are achieved."

HIV/AIDS in Kenya

According to UNAIDS, approximately 1.2 million of Kenya's 37 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in 2005, and it is estimated that 140,000 adults and children died from AIDS in Kenya in 2005. Kaiser Family Foundation's Global Health Facts estimated that Kenya's HIV/AIDS prevalence in 2005 was approximately 6.1%, while the adult prevalence globally was just over 1%. Women account for approximately two-thirds of the adults estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in the country, and HIV is spread primarily through heterosexual sex in Kenya.

Currently in Kenya there are about 300 sites providing adult ART care. Approximately two-thirds of these sites are able to provide pediatric ART; howe
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