Health and HIV Services
HWWK works with other stakeholders to develop and implement strategies and interventions that increase access and utilization of health services to youth and children- its primary beneficiaries.
We facilitate the access to comprehensive HIV and SRH&R services, education, better job opportunities, and protection from violence.
HWWK also facilitates its secondary beneficiaries which include key and priority populations to access appropriate Health and HIV prevention, treatment and care services across the country.
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 guarantees the rights of an individual to the highest attainable standard of health, including reproductive health. It underscores the importance of prioritizing the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups in provision of health care. According to the Children’s Act 2001, every child shall have a right to health and medical care the provision of which shall be the responsibility of the parents and the Government. In a study by the Kenya National Human Rights Commission6, adolescents and youth face several reproductive health challenges. These include early pregnancy which is mostly unplanned, complications of unsafe abortion, and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Adolescents lack easy access to quality and friendly health care, including STI services, safe abortion services, antenatal care and skilled attendance during delivery, which result in higher rates of maternal and prenatal mortality.
According to NACC (2014), nearly one in three persons newly infected with HIV is a teenager or youth, aged between 15-24 years, and AIDS is the leading cause of death and illness among adolescents and young people in Kenya with 9,720 adolescents and young people dying of AIDS in Kenya in 2014. In 2013, almost 60% of all new HIV infections among young people aged 15–24 occurred among adolescent girls and young women.
Every year, on average, 11,000 children in Kenya die from HIV/AIDS due to poor access to care. Notably, Key Populations contribute significantly to the new HIV infections. Sex workers contribute about 14%, MSMs 15%, People who inject drugs (PWIDs) 3.8%, casual heterosexual sex 20%, and 44% among those in heterosexual and or cohabitating relationships.
The Health and HIV services pillar seeks to address the limited access and utilization of health services among youth and children therefore reducing their vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.