Country of Operation
- Centre for Health Solutions – Kenya (CHS)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryTEGEMEZA Project implements high quality HIV care, prevention and treatment activities in Central Kenya through local implementation partners and provides support for HIV-related services in over 200 health facilities in Central Kenya.
Over 1.5 million Kenyans are living with HIV, including about 200,000 children. The majority of these are in need of life-saving Anti Retroviral Treatment as well as care and follow-up. The management of HIV infected patients often overwhelms the health system, which is already burdened by high patient load, limited human resources and poor infrastructure for the management of chronic illnesses. The TEGEMEZA Project, together with district and regional health facilities, develops sustainable HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs that focus on children and adults and work towards the resolution of these issues.
Key program components
Program areas to be supported in the TEGEMEZA Project include:
• Provider-Initiated Testing And Counseling: The Project provides family and partner testing to ensure that family members and sexual partners of patients living with HIV also get tested. If infected, the clients are enrolled into care and treatment. HIV infected persons are identified early enough to benefit from the full continuum of care and treatment interventions.
• Adult and Pediatric HIV Care, Support, and Treatment: The project prioritizes identification and placement of all eligible patients on ARVs, identification of patients for placement on second line treatment and identification and management of adverse drug reactions.
• Adherence & Psychosocial Support and Community Outreach: In the spirit of Greater/Meaningful Involvement of People living with HIV/AIDS, the Center for Health Solutions (CHS) facilitates peer counseling of new clients. The peer counselors support new clients in accepting and coping with their HIV status and link them to treatment options. It provides an environment where persons living with HIV, together with health care workers, can conduct support group meetings.
• Integrated TB/HIV Activities: To ensure ease of access to TB and HIV services and improve patient retention, the Project supports integration of services where TB/HIV co-infected patients receive care for both diseases together at a one-stop shop. Further, it offers free radiological films.
• Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV: These include HIV testing and linkages of infected women to prevention and treatment services. Additionally, TEGEMEZA facilitates the provision of care and treatment services to the pregnant mothers and the entire family in a friendly environment within the Maternal Child Health clinics. As such, family provides the support needed to the mother, and that the entire family is part of the care and treatment effort.
• Health Systems Strengthening: TEGEMEZA works to strengthen health systems in general, and the management of HIV programs in particular. This includes infrastructural, human resource, financial and organizational support. CHS works with facilities to ensure infrastructure by renovating and repairing clinics, laboratories and pharmacies. CHS support facilities to computerize their medical records by providing computers, software, and training staff on their use. TEGEMEZA also strengthens diagnostic infrastructure.
• Laboratory & Pharmacy Support: Provides facilities with laboratory equipment. By networking with various hospitals and laboratories, they transport laboratory specimens from the patients to the laboratory. As such, rapid investigations are conducted and results delivered within the shortest period. CHS links patient specimens to the National Reference Laboratory for viral load testing and ensures that results are sent back. CHS supports pharmacy systems to ensure that these drugs are accessible to the patients.