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Kenya: Nairobi HIV prevalence drops to 5.9 percent

APA-Nairobi(Kenya)

HIV prevalence in Nairobi has reduced from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent within the last three years, a senior County official disclosed on Thursday.

The Nairobi county Health Executive Mohamed Dagane attributed this to the implementation of the Program Quality and Efficiency (PQE) project in partnership with the Global Fund.

 PQE is a two-year project funded by the Global Fund and implemented by National AIDS STI Control Program together with the Ministry of Health to demonstrate quality and efficiency in the implementation of Differentiated Care in 70 facilities across seven pilot counties including Nairobi, Kisumu, Vihiga, Nakuru, Homabay, Mombasa and Kwale.

 The project aims at achieving much with minimal resources and at the same time reducing the burden on health systems through implementation of differentiated care through a quality improvement approach.

 In Nairobi County, the project is being implemented at Mbagathi Hospital and nine other health facilities.

 Since 2002, the Global Fund has signed grants with Kenya worth more than 1trillion shillings ($10 billion).

Speaking at Mbagathi Hospital on Thursday, Dagane said Nairobi residents are now getting better health services despite the myriad of challenges the county faces due to insufficient funding from the national government.

Mbagathi Hospital is the second largest HIV care facility in the country after Kenyatta National Hospital which is the largest referral hospital in East and Central Africa.

 “As a result of this we can say Mbagathi (Hospital) is one of the Centres of Excellence,” said Dagane.

 He spoke during the visit of Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands to the facility to see the progress of the PQE project.


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