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Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya's quest to eliminate new HIV infections falters

Published on : 29 January 2014 - 11:38am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo:Miriam Gathigah/IPS)
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Many challenges to the health services in Kenya have derailed that country's plan to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

By Miriam Gathigah, Nairobi 

In early January 2008, during the violence that rocked Kenya after disputed general elections, a man knocked at Lucia Wakonyo’s gate at Mathare Valley, in the sprawling Mathare slum. 

“He was calling out for my neighbour and I told him my neighbour was not in. He pleaded to give him refuge,” Wakonyo recalls.

When Wakonyo opened the gate, “he threw me to the ground and raped me,” she says. Two months later, she discovered she was pregnant and infected with HIV. Wakonyo never attended an antenatal clinic and delivered an HIV positive baby with a traditional birth attendant.

Wakonyo and her baby benefitted from Kenya’s successful drive to extend PMTCT, which nearly halved new infections among children between 2009 and 2011.Her next pregnancy was very different. In 2012, Wakonyo delivered an HIV negative baby, after attending antenatal care and being put on prevention of mother-to-child transmission treatment (PMTCT).

Losing momentum

But, worryingly, the drive is losing impetus. PMTCT coverage fell by 20 percent in 2011-2012, says the Progress Report 2013 of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

“Five out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV do not receive antiretroviral medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission,” says Zenawit Melesse, UNAIDS regional communications adviser.

Melesse explains that this figure excludes the 11 percent of HIV positive pregnant women on a regimen of a single dose of Nevirapine, which is not as effective as combination drug therapies.

The result is an estimated 13,000 children newly infected with HIV in 2012. Kenya’s seroprevalence rate is six percent and in moderate decline, according to UNAIDS.

Experts agree on the main reason behind the reduction in PMTCP – disruptions in the health services. In December 2011, doctors went on strike to pressure the government to put more money into health care. In March 2012, nurses staged a two-week long strike, and five months later doctors again went on strike for nearly three weeks. More strikes took place in 2013.

During the strikes, Wakonyo resorted to self-medication, taking any antiretrovirals that she could find as well as traditional medicines, although aware this could lead to resistance to ARVs.

“Indeed, PMTCT uptake may have reduced but only during the strikes of doctors and nurses, as well as due to test kits stockouts,” says Dr. Simon Mueke, acting senior director of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health. “But overall, PMTCT uptake has been on the rise.”

George Omondi, from the local advocacy group Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK), agrees. “The PMTCT programme has been so successful that the country has shifted from P to E. We no longer talk about prevention of mother to child transmission but elimination – eMTCT,” he says.

Still optimistic

UNAIDS points out that Kenya is taking steps to strengthen PMTCT, such as providing free maternity services, scaling up its Mentor Mother programme nationwide and boosting support for exclusive breastfeeding among HIV positive nursing mothers.

Reproductive health expert Dr. Joachim Osur observes that “you cannot improve PMTCT coverage if maternal health services are not improved. Nationwide, only about 41 percent of women deliver in hospital.”

In Nyanza and Western provinces, he adds, only a quarter of women deliver under the care of trained health attendants. “When a woman delivers at home, she cannot access the full PMTCT treatment,” he explains.

Another problem is getting all pregnant women tested for HIV. Out of the estimated 1.5 million pregnancies that occur every year in Kenya, between 87,000 and 100,000 test HIV positive

“Not every woman at antenatal care accepts to be tested for HIV. The reasons for avoiding the HIV test are multiple but stigma remains key,” Osur says. “Unfortunately, health workers cannot force the test on women, it is their right to accept or refuse.”

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Some pregnant women visit the clinic only once. “They get tested for HIV but they do not go back for the results,” says Osur.

In spite of these challenges, WOFAK’s Omondi remains optimistic that a reduction of HIV transmission among breastfeeding mothers to less than five percent and a 90 percent reduction in mother to child HIV transmission rates by 2015 is a realistic goal.

“The waiver of maternity fees in all public hospitals since June [2013] will have a positive effect on maternal health in general,” he says. “But there is need for community awareness around HIV. Many women stay away from PMTCT services for fear of stigmatisation.”

AIDS experts remain concerned over the continued unrest in the health sector and have urged the government and health professionals to settle outstanding issues over remuneration, and thus ensure that doctors and nurses are at hand when needed and that fewer babies are born with the virus.

 

Source: IPS

 

 

Discussion

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johnson paul 16 September 2014 - 1:07pm / united kingdom

My name is Johnson Paul from united kingdom i am here to thank DR OLA the powerful spell caster that rescue me from HIV AIDS. I was diagnosed of this disease in the year 2012, and because of this, i was very unhappy with my life, and i went into research on how i can get cured, i contacted a lot of spell casters and none of them could help me rather they scammed me and took away my money without helping me. All this period of my life, i was sad and unhappy so one day as i was in the INTERNET i decided to sign in a friend guest book, only for me to see a testimony of a lady on how she was helped by DR OLA so i was confused to contact him at the moment because i didn't want to be scammed again but after one week, i decided to contact him, so when i contacted him, he assure me that he will help me and i told him that many spell casters has also told me this but they all scammed me, he told me not to worry that he is going to help me, So i believe in him because all i wanted was to be cured, so he prepared a healing spell for me and told me to wait for just 24 hours, after 24 hours, i went to the hospital for test and to my happiness the test stated that i was cured from the disease.. This gladdens my heart and everybody in the hospital was surprised even the Medical Doctor, So viewers DR OLA is a God Gifted man and can help you to cure all types of sickness like HIV AIDS, CANCER, PILE, Kidney problem, Syphilis and lot's more. You can contact him through his email on DROLAHEALINGCENTER@GMAIL.COM or you call him +2348100368288.

Anita123 13 September 2014 - 7:15pm / Usa

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married to a lovely and caring husband, with
three kids. A
very big problem occurred in my family one year
ago, between me and my husband, so terrible
that he
took the case to court for a divorce. he said that
he
never wanted to stay with me again, and that he
didn't love me anymore. So he left the
house and made me and my children passed
through
severe pains. I tried all my possible means to get
him
back, after much begging, but all to no avail, and
he
confirmed it that he has made his decision, and
he
never wanted to see me again.
So on one evening, as i was coming back from
work, i
met an old friend of mine who asked of my
husband. So i
explained every thing to her, so she told me that
the
only way i can get my husband back is to visit a
spell
caster, because it has really worked for her too.
So i
never believed in spell, but i had no other choice
than
to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email
address of the spell caster whom she visited.
(Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com).
So the next morning, i sent a mail to the address
she
gave to me and the spell caster assured me that i
will
get my husband back within two days. What an
amazing
statement!! I never believed, so He spoke with me,
and told me everything that i need to do. Then the
next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who
didn't call
me for the past one year and four months, gave
me a call to
inform me that he is coming back. So Amazing!!
So that was how he came back that same day,
with
lots of love and joy, and he apologized for his
mistakes, and for the pain he caused me and my
children. Then from that day, our relationship
was now
stronger than now it were before, by the help of a
spell caster.
So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the
same
website (Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com),if you
are in any condition like this, or you have any
problem
related to "bringing back your ex. not only that he
can
help .
1) Have promotion in anything you do.
2 )Earn a good money.
3)Success in business.
4)spiritual problems.
5) win court case.
6)Looking for a good man.
7)looking for job.
8)want to be in control of your marriage.
9)want to be attracted to people.
10)you have be scammed and u need your money
back.
11)you have be working without promotion.
(12)If you have any symptoms of sickness like
HIV/AIDS.
(13)You have pregnancy problems with babies:
(14)If you have problem about your womb,you
want have bear children.
(15)If you have breast cancer or so
You can Email
Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com

Anita123 10 September 2014 - 3:23pm / usa

I'm from Michigan states,USA and I'm happily
married to a lovely and caring husband, with
three kids. A
very big problem occurred in my family one year
ago, between me and my husband, so terrible
that he
took the case to court for a divorce. he said that
he
never wanted to stay with me again, and that he
didn't love me anymore. So he left the
house and made me and my children passed
through
severe pains. I tried all my possible means to get
him
back, after much begging, but all to no avail, and
he
confirmed it that he has made his decision, and
he
never wanted to see me again.
So on one evening, as i was coming back from
work, i
met an old friend of mine who asked of my
husband. So i
explained every thing to her, so she told me that
the
only way i can get my husband back is to visit a
spell
caster, because it has really worked for her too.
So i
never believed in spell, but i had no other choice
than
to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email
address of the spell caster whom she visited.
(Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com).
So the next morning, i sent a mail to the address
she
gave to me and the spell caster assured me that i
will
get my husband back within two days. What an
amazing
statement!! I never believed, so He spoke with me,
and told me everything that i need to do. Then the
next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who
didn't call
me for the past one year and four months, gave
me a call to
inform me that he is coming back. So Amazing!!
So that was how he came back that same day,
with
lots of love and joy, and he apologized for his
mistakes, and for the pain he caused me and my
children. Then from that day, our relationship
was now
stronger than now it were before, by the help of a
spell caster.
So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the
same
website (Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com),if you
are in any condition like this, or you have any
problem
related to "bringing back your ex. not only that he
can
help .
1) Have promotion in anything you do.
2 )Earn a good money.
3)Success in business.
4)spiritual problems.
5) win court case.
6)Looking for a good man.
7)looking for job.
8)want to be in control of your marriage.
9)want to be attracted to people.
10)you have be scammed and u need your money
back.
11)you have be working without promotion.
(12)If you have any symptoms of sickness like
HIV/AIDS.
(13)You have pregnancy problems with babies:
(14)If you have problem about your womb,you
want have bear children.
(15)If you have breast cancer or so
You can Email
Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com

FERDINARD LUCAS 6 September 2014 - 12:59pm / USA

My name is FERDINARD LUCAS, I don't no how to tell the world the greatest thing that happen in my life.I was so sick that I lose all the money I have in so many hospital still yet there was no solutions on till I go for blood test for different hospital almost Eight doctors told me I am H.I.V positive. And after then all hope I have was lost, I was waiting for death to come. One night I woke up in middle of the night started crying so my mind told me to check in Google so I see many testimony about. DR OBAZE I was doubting if the man is real, he is a great man but just because of the testimony of his good news.I said let me try and email him he reply me back I told him my problems he said that he will reply me back ten minute time after he consult the oracle. So he reply me after ten minute and told me the doctors were says the truth of my blood test. He said it was spiritual H.I.V. I was having that he can be able to help me. So I respond to all the things he ask me to do. then he ask me if i need spell casting or herbal cure then i choose herbal.after all the preparation then he send the herbal cure and i do according to what he said and i believe he can cure my illness. after using the herbs, i call him that i am through with the herbs and he tell me to go for checkup in three different hospital the doctors were wonder and told me I am now H.I.V. Negative..he is specialize on HIV,cancer,love spell,work promotion,magic miracle and metal problem. I am very very happy to thank DR OBAZE for doing great thing in my life thank ones again I will never forget you. am grateful.if you are also passing through the same pain that i was please contact the great man via this.

Email=obazespiritualspelltemple@hotmail.com
Web site=http://obazespiritualspelltemple.webs.com
Phone number=+2348157905793
Or you can confirm from me at my email=ferdinardlucas@gmail.com

REGARDS..
FERDINARD LUCAS

FERDINARD LUCAS 6 September 2014 - 12:49pm / USA

My name is FERDINARD LUCAS, I don't no how to tell the world the greatest thing that happen in my life.I was so sick that I lose all the money I have in so many hospital still yet there was no solutions on till I go for blood test for different hospital almost Eight doctors told me I am H.I.V positive. And after then all hope I have was lost, I was waiting for death to come. One night I woke up in middle of the night started crying so my mind told me to check in Google so I see many testimony about. DR OBAZE I was doubting if the man is real, he is a great man but just because of the testimony of his good news.I said let me try and email him he reply me back I told him my problems he said that he will reply me back ten minute time after he consult the oracle. So he reply me after ten minute and told me the doctors were says the truth of my blood test. He said it was spiritual H.I.V. I was having that he can be able to help me. So I respond to all the things he ask me to do. then he ask me if i need spell casting or herbal cure then i choose herbal.after all the preparation then he send the herbal cure and i do according to what he said and i believe he can cure my illness. after using the herbs, i call him that i am through with the herbs and he tell me to go for checkup in three different hospital the doctors were wonder and told me I am now H.I.V. Negative..he is specialize on HIV,cancer,love spell,work promotion,magic miracle and metal problem. I am very very happy to thank DR OBAZE for doing great thing in my life thank ones again I will never forget you. am grateful.if you are also passing through the same pain that i was please contact the great man via this.

Email=obazespiritualspelltemple@hotmail.com
Web site=http://obazespiritualspelltemple.webs.com
Phone number=+2348157905793
Or you can confirm from me at my email=ferdinardlucas@gmail.com

REGARDS..
FERDINARD LUCAS

Anita120 26 August 2014 - 1:04am / Usa

I'm from arkansas city, and I'm happily
married to a lovely and caring husband, with
three kids. A
very big problem occurred in my family one year
ago, between me and my husband, so terrible
that he
took the case to court for a divorce. he said that
he
never wanted to stay with me again, and that he
didn't love me anymore. So he left the
house and made me and my children passed
through
severe pains. I tried all my possible means to get
him
back, after much begging, but all to no avail, and
he
confirmed it that he has made his decision, and
he
never wanted to see me again.
So on one evening, as i was coming back from
work, i
met an old friend of mine who asked of my
husband. So i
explained every thing to her, so she told me that
the
only way i can get my husband back is to visit a
spell
caster, because it has really worked for her too.
So i
never believed in spell, but i had no other choice
than
to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email
address of the spell caster whom she visited.
(Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com).
So the next morning, i sent a mail to the address
she
gave to me and the spell caster assured me that i
will
get my husband back within two days. What an
amazing
statement!! I never believed, so He spoke with me,
and told me everything that i need to do. Then the
next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who
didn't call
me for the past one year and four months, gave
me a call to
inform me that he is coming back. So Amazing!!
So that was how he came back that same day,
with
lots of love and joy, and he apologized for his
mistakes, and for the pain he caused me and my
children. Then from that day, our relationship
was now
stronger than now it were before, by the help of a
spell caster.
So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the
same
website (Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com),if you
are in any condition like this, or you have any
problem
related to "bringing back your ex. not only that he
can
help .
1) Have promotion in anything you do.
2 )Earn a good money.
3)Success in business.
4)spiritual problems.
5) win court case.
6)Looking for a good man.
7)looking for job.
8)want to be in control of you marriage.
9)want to be attracted to people.
10)you have be scammed and u need your money
back.
11)you have be working without promotion.
(12)If you have any symptoms of sickness like
HIV/AIDS.
(13)You have pregnancy problems with babies:
(14)If you have problem about your womb,you
want have bear children.
You can Email
Ogunjimispellcaster@gmail.com

Micheal Davis 23 April 2014 - 6:02am / uk

i am Michael Davis from Los Angele's, CA. i want
to share my testimony with you In 1985, at the age of 25, having heard
so much about the 'AIDS epidemic,' I decided to take the test. I tested
positive. I went for a second opinion and again the result was positive.
Since I had heard and read that the virus could be dormant for a long
time, I opted to eat well, exercise, take high quality vitamins and
limit 'risky sex.' However, my gut feeling was that something wasn't
adding up with AIDS, and I almost immediately chose not to accept the
virus as a detriment to my health.
"Throughout the years I've lived my life almost as
if AIDS didn't exist but still gathered information from various
sources. then i saw this great Dr Oseghale and contacted him with his
email address and i told him the problem i was facing and i know he can
help because i have heard so much about him so he gave me some
instruction to follow which i followed accurately and he assured me that
once he help me to cast a spiritual spell on my sickness that i will
healed with 48hours and i had so much faith on him, he actually caste
the spell on me and today i am back to my normal health i was tested and
the prove it that i am HIV negative all thanks and appreciation goes to
Dr Oseghale for helping me to cast away my HIV virus. i would like all
of you who have similar problem to contact him today with his email
address droseghalespelltemple@gmail.com or phone +2348075829942 so that he can help to restore your health

tracy 15 April 2014 - 2:56am / usa

Am from USA, am here to give my testimony about how i got my HIV disease and how I was flew from it quickly after having on trust on my spell doctor who cured me immediately. Since the year I married to the man I did love because my parents false me to marry him, I have not been enjoying my relationship and sex life with him, he do spend time on his work and don’t have time for me sometimes, he do sleep at his work and also do carry women’s because he has the money to spent but doesn’t spend it on me. So I was so jealous to the extent that I can’t even control my anger and I decided to start cheating on him with my ex-boyfriend, because my husband do not always be at home expect on weekends, I have sex with him without protection, after some months been in love with my ex-boyfriend I was so sick and I decided to go to test and I found that I was HIV positive I feel so sad and was ashamed because I did know how to open up to my husband I hate before, my ex-boyfriend denied me and when my husband found about what was going on he divorced me and I was ill for good 3years I went to many places for solutions but there was no solutions. So one day I was asking GOOGLE some questions on how I can get a cure and how I can get some medications which I will be taking to my own surprise they brought one email out named DR.ogodomigodospiritualhome@gm ail..COM that this powerful man can cured HIV, I did believe about the cure before but I took the email and searched it on GOOGLE and I found many good testimonies about him, people have been giving more testimonies about him so i contacted him about my situation, he told me all the procedures which I will take, And I did before I knew what was happening he called me and told me to go for an HIV test which i did and when the result was out I was HIV negative. Thanks to DR.ogodomigodo now as I am giving this testimony I am now fully settle down with my husband now and we both loved ourselves, I give this testimony for people around that was in my shoes so that they can also be cured like me, so if you also need a solution also you can email him at drogodomigodospiritualhome@gma il.com

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