The greater Kisumu West District, now Seme and Kisumu West Sub Counties, has a population of 146,000 and HIV prevalence of 14%. There are currently 9 health facilities offering HIV care and treatment, with 20,000 patients enrolled in care. As more people learn their HIV status there will be increased need for capacity building of communities to provide HIV care and support, stronger community-facility linkages and referral systems for HIV services and additional support for caregivers. In 2010/2011, Pamoja CBO will work with the MOH to strengthen community-based HIV care and support by strengthening the MOH Community Strategy. We train CHEWs and CHWs as Home-Based HIV Care resource people for the community on the formation of support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their caregivers; and train them on community-facility referrals for HIV and related services. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life of PLWHA.

Pamoja CBO conducts this activity in collaboration with the MOH. It is an ongoing activity in Kisumu West District of Nyanza Province. This project furthers our exempt purposes by increasing community capacity to support PLWHAs. Approximately 15% of our time is allocated to Community Based HIV Care and Support.

Pamoja CBO received the initial funding for this project directly from the Africa Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Maanisha project.