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Feb262015

A Healthier Kenya: Success Stories from the SAIDIA Project

  

In Kenya, most people have access to health care, but the quality of services and east of access varies greatly. The Support and Assistance to Indigenous Implementing Agencies (SAIDIA) project aimed to change this by improving and strengthening health systems across nine Kenyan counties over six years. These success stories describe how SAIDIA built a strong foundation for a healthier Kenya by focusing on five key program areas:

  • HIV care and treatment
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Evidence-based behavioral interventions
  • Support provided to orphans and vulnerable children

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Introduction

“Saidia” means “help” in Swahili, the language spoken most widely in Kenya. And help is exactly what the SAIDIA project offered to more than 830,000 people.

In Kenya, most people have access to health care, but the quality of services and ease of access varies greatly. The Support and Assistance to Indigenous Implementing Agencies (SAIDIA) project aimed to change this by improving and strengthening health systems across nine Kenyan counties. Generously funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the six-year SAIDIA project built a strong foundation for a healthier Kenya by focusing on five key program areas:

  • HIV care and treatment
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
  • HIV testing and counseling (HTC)
  • Evidence-based behavioral interventions (EBIs)
  • Support provided to orphans and vulnerable children

Threaded throughout all of this work was an unwavering focus on organizational and health systems strengthening. By linking small, private healthfacilities to the Ministry of Health and providing medical and organizational training to 27 private and public facilities, SAIDIA significantly improved the quality and breadth of services available in target communities.

“They were just brought by God,” says Dorah Nyanja, founder and clinician in charge of the Senye Medical Center in Nairobi’s largest slum of Kibera, now called an informal settlement. “There were so many women, and I did not have the capacity to serve them. I would have to discharge them.” Thanks to SAIDIA activities, in addition to general health care services, her center now provides maternal and HIV services to area residents, including PMTCT, HTC, and antiretroviral treatment that meet national Ministry of Health standards. Thousands of other stories — including those shared here — demonstrate the lifesaving and life-changing gains entire communities reap when health services improve.


Contents

Overview
A Healthier Kenya 2
SAIDIA at A Glance 3
HIV Care and Treatment
HIV Care Right Where It's Needed 4
Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT)
Protecting Future Generations 6
The Power of A Mentor 7
A Calling To Serve 8
HIV Testing and Counseling
Know Your Status 9
Evidence-Based Interventions
Opening Lines of Communication 10
Families Matter 11
Support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Changing Children's Lives 12
Moving Forward - Fast 13
Organizational and Health Systems Strengthening
Consistent Care for Healthy Kenyans 14
Conclusion
Positive Changes 16

Publication details

Authors: Debbie DeVoe
Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (November 2014)
Case Study: 20 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.27 x 11.69 inches

Posted on March 12, 2015


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