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Publication Date

Spring 2006

Program Name

Kenya: Development, Health, and Society

Abstract

The Suba District of western Kenya is one of the areas most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. According to Kenyan Ministry of Health publications, at the end of 2005, Suba District had an HIV/AIDS prevalence of 30%. This paper focuses on the numerous volunteer counseling and testing centers (VCTs) in Suba District that test and educate members of the community in effort to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. Great efforts have been made to attack the problem of HIV/AIDS in Suba district. This paper seeks to illuminate the numerous factors that keep people in the community from seeking VCT center services as well as those that keep the VCT centers from reaching more people in the community. It is meant not to criticize the performance of the centers and their employees but rather to study the area of the community not being reached and how, according to community members and public health officials surveyed and interviewed, to best go about reaching these people. The term “VCT” is defined broadly in this study and includes centers funded by the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community based organizations (CBOs).

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Public Health Education and Promotion

 

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