New Partners Initiative
The New Partners Initiative – Scaling-up HIV/AIDS Prevention is a consortium implementing a comprehensive HIV prevention project targeting most-at-risk and hard-to-reach populations in underserved areas in Central, Rift Valley and Nairobi Provinces in Kenya. The geographical areas are linearly inclined to the Great Northern Road stretching from Namanga through Kajiado, Nairobi, Limuru, Mai Mahiu, Narok, and Kisii to Migori.
NPI-SHAP is a three-year project funded by the United States Government through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Prime Partner for this project is the National Organization for Peer Educators (NOPE), with HOPE worldwide Kenya and I Choose Life (ICL) as strategic partners.
The NPI-SHAP project has three main objectives
1. Expand information and prevention services for increased positive behaviour change
2. Expand HIV Counselling and Testing Services, and
3. Increase community access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care and support services.
The targeted beneficiaries are in hard to reach areas and include youth; students and staff in institutions of higher learning; most-at-risk populations including sex workers, truckers, bar hostesses, and other night populations; formal and non-formal work places; and people living with HIV. The project also builds the capacity of community and faith based organizations, and health service providers to provide friendly and respectful services to the target populations.
In the partnership HOPE worldwide Kenya is responsible for reaching most at risk populations with prevention services and providing counselling and testing services to all targeted beneficiaries. HWWK is also responsible for promoting HIV prevention among people living with HIV/AIDS and coordinating referrals to health facilities.