With 42 different ethnic groups, with different cultures, languages and religions, Kenya is a true multi-ethnic state. Despite economic growth, a large part of the population lives below the poverty line.
The East African country has made great economic progress in recent years. At the same time, Kenya has been severely affected by events such as extreme drought and a plague of locusts, which have had a negative impact on food security. The rural area around the village of Butere in the west of the country is one of the poorest regions in Kenya. Around 15 percent of the population in the area is infected with HIV.
Kenya in numbers
342 deaths per 100,000 births
Infant mortality under 5 years
41 deaths per 1,000 births
Doctors per 10,000 people
1.5 (Switzerland: 44)
Kenya in numbers
SolidarMed in Kenya
Currently, 5.4% of the Kenyan adult population is considered HIV positive. However, the regional differences in HIV/AIDS prevalence are enormous. According to official figures, almost two-thirds of those infected with HIV are being treated with medication. Very many of them live in remote, rural regions, where they have only limited access to the health services they need. It is true that they receive antiretroviral drugs free of charge in state clinics. But often the quality of medical services is poor, and the private facilities are not affordable for them. And sometimes it is actually only the way to the clinic (transport costs) that keeps them from drug therapy.
SolidarMed supports HIV-positive children and adolescents with its local partner organization, the Don Amolo Memorial Kids Ark (DAMKA), by providing necessary medical care, education and social support. This includes medical and psychological care and support for HIV-positive children and adolescents, through home visits and medical check-ups, creating access to education through a contribution to school fees for school children and adolescents in vocational training, as well as additional lessons during the very long school vacations.
Programme Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, India