Nandi governor Stephen Sang flags off the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment Survey in Kapsabet on Wednesday August 8, 2018. PHOTO|COURTESY
Nandi county Governor Stephen Sang yesterday officially flagged off the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment survey team, in a colourful launch ceremony graced by top stakeholders in the county health sector.
The KENPHIA survey, which will last for two weeks in Nandi County, is part of a three-month nation-wide project under the Ministry of Health and funded by ICAP- US.
At least 400 families are targeted as the survey begins in the county. Sexually transmitted diseases including Hepatitis B and syphilis will also be tested.
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics was used in identifying the households to be involved in the survey, with random criteria being used in the identification.
Speaking during the event, Governor Sang, lauded the National government project, terming it as being in line with the his manifesto.
“Reliable data on HIV is key in forming policy and planning services required to ensure universal coverage of quality HIV prevention and care.” said Sang adding that the county government will carry out awareness campaigns to ensure more people take the tests.
The survey that targets 20,000 selected households countrywide was officially launched in Nairobi on June 5.
During the launch, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the survey will provide data on counties’ HIV status, unlike the 2012 survey which was region-based.
The ministry will spend between Sh1.5 billion to Sh2 billion for the drive. A report on the data is expected in three months.
The Nandi County HIV prevalence currently stands at 4.3 percent with a total number of 23,800 people living with HIV. About 1300 new HIV infections occur annually in the county (KAIS Estimates, 2014). The Adult ART coverage is at 82 percent while coverage among children stands at 39 percent (County Estimates, 2014).
This has been largely attributed to the fact that 50% of the Nandi people don’t know their statuses; and half of those who do shy away from accessing treatment due to fear of stigmatization.
According to statistics, Kenya is number four in the countries with the highest HIV population in sub-Saharan Africa. HIV has affected the national economy by lowering per capita by 4.1%.