KISUMU (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)
programme rolled out in 2009 has surpassed its target.
The National Aids and STI Control Programme (VMMC) Programme
Manager Francis Ndwiga said they have surpassed the 940,000
target by about 100,000.
Ndwiga said some of the key factors that led to the
success of the programme is the coordination and support
from both the government and non-governmental organisations.
"There was also acceptability among the communities that
do not practice male circumcision culturally and this made
us to surpass the target," he said.
In Nyanza region, where male circumcision is not
practiced culturally, there was acceptability among men of
between ages 15 and 35 years.
Male circumcision has been scientifically proven to reduce a
man’s risk of contracting HIV by 60 per cent and follow-up
studies have found that the effectiveness of male circumcision
for HIV prevention is maintained for several years.
The Kenya National Aids Control & STI Programme (Nascop) is
gearing towards the second phase of the project that is
targeting a million people.
The programme is going to shift its focus to infant male
circumcision that targets children between 0 to 60 days old.
Another targeted group is men of between 14 to 45 years old.
Some of the counties that are being targeted in Kenya include
Turkana, Marsabit, West Pokot and Coast.
Kenya concerned at rising
number of HIV/ AIDS teenagers
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday
decried the alarming number of teenagers suffering silently from
HIV/AIDS in the country and who are not on Antiretroviral (ARVs)
Kenyatta said effective usage of Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs
maximally suppresses the HIV virus and stops the progression of
HIV disease, noting that the use of ARVs has witnessed the
reduction in the rate of death and suffering among victims in
"Most maternal deaths are avoidable and indeed
"My government has a clear vision on healthcare for all
Kenyans," Kenyatta said during a two-day Kenya
Inter-Religious Consultative Forum on ending maternal deaths
"In an effort to reduce maternal deaths, my government is
providing free maternity services, which has led to an
increase in the number of women giving birth at health
facilities from 450,000 a year to over 700,000," he said.
Kenyatta commended the dedication of healthcare personnel who
work under very difficult circumstances to save the lives of
women and babies in the country.
He directed County administrators to help identify HIV/AIDS
positive women and teenagers to be placed on life-saving
medication, saying it is only prudent that stakeholders join
hands to help the victims lead a normal life.
Kenyatta said the Constitution provides health stakeholders
with the opportunity to tailor interventions, according to the
specific needs of the different communities.
The president said the government prioritizes simple
interventions that can effectively address barriers for
accessing essential care for pregnant women.
"Simple interventions such as user fees, distance to
service delivery points, and lack of qualified birth
attendants are within our reach and require priority
attention," he added.
He said the government is equipping two health facilities in
every county with state of the art medical equipment, to ensure
specialized health care is brought closer to the people.
President Kenyatta said the medical equipment provided to
county hospitals will also decongest the three national
referral hospitals in Nairobi, Eldoret and Kisumu.
He lauded the First lady’s Beyond Zero campaign to
provide mobile clinics in all the counties for complementing
the impact of government’s health sector reforms in the
areas of maternal and newborn health care.
The President encouraged further Partnership between
practitioners in health and faith based organizations which
manage about 40 percent of the health facilities in the
He said religious leaders are at the core of the
community and play an important role in shaping its
opinions, values and practices.
Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia said the move by
the Jubilee Government to offer free maternal services coupled
with the ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign spearheaded by the First Lady
has enabled 80 percent of women to access quality health care.
"We are targeting Kenyans living in slums. In Kibera, we are
now witnessing a lot of change. Women in slums are now accessing
quality health care services," he said.