Lea Toto Community-Based Care Program
Country of Operation
- Children of God Relief Institute (COGRI)Not-for-profit
SummaryLea Toto, Swahili for “to raise the child”, is a community-based outreach program which extends care of HIV+ children into the community through the provision of medical services, nutrition, counseling and capacity building.
The project goal is to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS and decrease the risk of HIV transmission through the provision of a comprehensive Community Home-Based Care Package.
Key program components
The Lea Toto program aims to improve the quality of life of HIV positive children living in six of Nairobi's poorest informal settlements. It is now one of the largest non-governmental pediatric HIV/AIDS providers in Kenya. To accomplish this, the program facilitates a holistic process that involves support and access to:
Comprehensive medical care
Provision of Antiretroviral Drugs (ARVs)
Nutrition and food security
Psycho-social support to the children and their families
Education and vocational training
Capacity building and economic empowerment of the children and their families
Voluntary Counseling and Testing
Supportive counseling for the children and families.
The program has been successful in providing quality comprehensive care and support to HIV positive children and their families over ten years, and the area is now registering lower mortality rates. Through continuous training of their behavior change agents they have been able to negotiate, support and maintain safe behavior through community mobilization. As of March 2011, Lea Toto program has reached: 7698 HIV positive children with comprehensive medical care, psychosocial support, educational support; 36,000 family members with education and skills to support and care for people living with AIDS and capacity building for self sustenance; 2680 children with Antiretroviral Therapy services. All school-age children in the program are enrolled in school, from pre-school to University.
Lea Toto has a cooperative agreement with USAID which currently in its fifth phase, running from March 2009 to February 2013.