Improving TB Treatment in the Prisons
Country of Operation
- USAID/Kenya (APHIA II Eastern)Foreign aid agency or multilateral organization
- Ministry of Health KenyaGovernment
SummaryThis project has introduced TB screening in prisons.
The underlying mission is to provide a package of all the interventions supported by APHIA II Eastern to this one facility which can also be used as a case study to show case the positive impact of an integrated approach to service delivery.
Key program components
A microscope has been procured for the facility and the Ministry has stationed a laboratory technician on a full time basis in the Prison clinic. Similarly, the Ministry of Health is supporting a clinician to be available every Thursday which lessens the burden of transporting prisoners to the Provincial General Hospital which is also a security risk. Through these interventions, all the TB treatment is now available at the Prison clinic. Additionally, they have procured an ambulance to transfer only emergency cases to the district hospital. Efforts are being made to make Embu Prison a model site with complementary interventions premised on the continuum of care model. As a result, Community Sensitization Programs have already commenced reaching out to the wardens and prisoners to address the information/knowledge gap. Negotiations with the Ministry of Health are in top gear to make Embu Prison clinic a satellite ART facility, and introducing PLWHA support services among other interventions. The underlying mission is to provide a package of all the interventions supported by APHIA II Eastern to this one facility which can also be used as a case study to show case the positive impact of an integrated approach to service delivery. Measures have already been put in place to replicate the same to Meru Prison.