HIV and AIDS Project

Public Awareness Forums

The public awareness meetings/forums work is to educate and sensitize the public on HIV/ AIDS, disability and create awareness on the plights/rights of persons with disabilities, in the project operational areas.

 

NFSS organize workshops targeting persons with disabilities, Area leaders, Peer educators, Community volunteers, parents and guardians of children with disabilities during the workshops issues on reproductive health, disabilities and HIV and AIDS are discussed. The participants are expected to have positive attitude towards persons living with the HIV and AIDS and those with disabilities

 

Goal

To promote access to quality comprehensive HIV and AIDS prevention and care services for persons with disabilities, youth and parents of children with disabilities in Nairobi west district mainly in the urban slums.

 

Introduction

It aims at reducing triple stigma and discrimination to persons with disabilities and their families, to ensure equal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care and support services.

 

(a)   Persons with disabilities face barriers in their participation as equal member of society. 

Violation of their human rights is rampant in all parts of the world, including Kenya.  Factors such as physical dependence, life in institutions and lack of legal services make PWDS particularly vulnerable to HIV infections and abuse.  The ones at a greater risk of violence, injury, abuse or negligent treatment both within and outside Youth Resource Centre.


The homes are, children, the youth and women.  PWDS in Africa are at an equal or greater risk of HIV infections or sexual violence compared to their non-disabled peers.

The following activities are undertaken in HIV/AIDS Program

 

(b)   Public Awareness Forum

Creating public awareness on issues of PWDS and how they are affected by HIV/AIDS.

Situated at Dagoretti, it is one of its own kinds where truth with disabilities and non-disabled peers interact as a way of reducing stigma of disability, AIDS and HIV.

 

(c)   Capacity Building Trainings

NFSS has since trained capacities of PWDS and that of their parents on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and Disability, Group dynamics, PMTCT.  It trained 6 peer educators and 20 volunteers in basic counseling skills.

 

 3 out of 5 with the HIV are women and spread of new infection is exist mated at 88,000 a year out of every 5 persons  treatment 2 are newly infected 57% of infected adults has never been tested 26% of the infected adults think they are not infected.

 

Circumcision of men reduce chances of HIV prevalence by half

Number of people infected with sexually transmitted infections on the rise

 Stigma still a stumbling block in the fight against AIDS

A mother with HIV and AIDS doesn’t give up the responsibility of caring for the children easily.

 

Apart from the physical drain the mother with the HIV carries the grief and guilt that she probably won’t see her healthy children through to independence and it is more worse if she has passed on the virus to one of her child and the pain she has to witness on her iling child while trying to make the best of the short life and worrying about what will happen if she dies first. The biggest fear is not the HIV or AIDS but other people some of whom are her relatives.

 

 Despite HIV and AIDS information being available for more than a decade now, the women still continue to face harassment, isolation, jobless and even physical aggression if their secret gets out. The other problem is how a parent explains to her children on what is happening on her life. The question on whom to tell is still a big challenge since you do not know whom to trust and therefore you are left to struggle with the secret alone. It’s important to know that what the mothers want is not sympathy but to be understood and be able to live a full life and active.