Police AIDS Control Unit
Country of Operation
- Kenya Police ServiceGovernment
- Family Health InternationalNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryThe Police AIDS Control Unit vision is to have healthy HIV/AIDS free Police officers by creating awareness of HIV/AIDS, reduce prevalence rate, maintain and sustain positive behavior change, enhance care and support and eliminate stigma and discrimination amongst the officers and their families.
The control unit is contributing towards the improvement of the quality of life and health of Police Officers, and their families by helping to reduce the spread of new infections, prevalence rate, improve the quality of life of those infected and affected and mitigate the socio-economic impact of the epidemic in Kenya Police Service.
Key program components
The Police AIDS Control Unit provides well managed programmes on HIV and AIDS that: • Prevent the spread of new infections of HIV and AIDS through education and behavior change within the department • Increase access to VCT Services Improve Health care services to promote quality of life for officers living with HIV and AIDS • Increase the number of female officers to access PMCT Services • Strengthen programmes that improve attitudes and practices on Gender on issues related to HIV and AIDS • Improve monitoring, evaluation and coordination of HIV and Aids Programs in the Department • Establish data Centres at Police Headquarters/Formations/Provincial and Divisional levels. • Increase accessibility to ART in the VCT Centres • Train 15 medical Officers to dispense ARTs • Promotion of behavior Change by at least 30% by the year 2007 • To distribute one million condoms and protective materials. • Incorporate HIV and AIDS Training Curriculum in the 13 Police Training in the Institutions Programs • Develop work place policies on HIV and AIDS in Kenya Police Service. Partner
From 2004 to 2006, the Police ACU made achievements by Orientation and training of ACU Committee Members in coordination and Management of HIV and AIDS Programs. The ACU has developed Behavior Change Communication Materials (I.E.C.) and acquired Protective Materials like Condoms and gloves and sensitzed officers on Public Sector workplace policy on HIV and AIDS.
The Department will continue with more programs in the fight against HIV and AIDS especially in the following areas: • Establish and refurbish more VCT centers to in – Nakuru, Kakamega ,Kisumu, Mombasa ,Garissa, Embu, Nyeri, Police Lines and CID Headquarters etc. • Enhance access to ARTS/ARVS in big health centres and support the infected or affected officers and their families. • Enhancing the mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS programs into core functions. • Improve behavior change through distribution of behaviour change communication materials and Information Education communication materials. • Acquire and continue distributing protective materials- condoms, gloves etc. • Purchase and distribute condoms dispensers to big stations • Training of more VCT Counselors and supervisors • Train more officers in administering and dispensing ART/ ARV drugs • Strengthen PMCT and TB services at Police dispensaries and VCT centres. • Provision of more Mobile VCT Services • Conduct more capacity building programs- peer education etc. • Enhance the provision of counseling and testing services • Strengthen some Health facilities to Comprehensive Care Centres • Improve net-working systems • Train more data clerks • Continuous monitoring and Evaluation programs in the provinces and districts