Improving Lutheran Response to HIV/AIDS and Malaria in Kenya
Country of Operation
- Lutheran World Relief (LWR)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryThis program aims to improve access to, and utilization of, malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment measures among 7 focus Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC) congregations, specifically targeting children, pregnant women, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
The current goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality by 2/3 of the 2007/2008 country levels by 2017. Additionally, the expected outcome of the project is increased care-seeking behavior among 100% of the 7 project congregations in KELC through church-led mobilization, health linkages, and heightened awareness.
Key program components
This program uses four main interventions to accomplish its goal: (1) Case management: every person arriving at a health facility with a fever is tested and treated for malaria (2) Vector control: use of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS) in epidemic-prone areas, and covering of water areas with chemicals to kill mosquito larvae (3) Intermittent pregnancy treatment: 2 doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) during pregnancy (4) Training of health care workers. Two other interventions that cut across the four primary interventions involve advocacy and operational research. The Division for Malaria Control is working with faith-based organizations to accomplish advocacy interventions and welcomes collaboration. Whereas the primary purpose of Phase I was to build the capacity of KELC as a whole to meet the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS and those affected by HIV, the primary purpose of Phase II is to improve access to and utilization of malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment measures among the 7 focus KELC congregations; specifically among children, pregnant women, and people living with HIV/AIDS. The second step in the implementation of Phase II involves linking key executive KELC staff with government malaria officials and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) representatives.