In October 2010, HOPE worldwide Kenya (HWWK) obtained a five-year funding from US Government agency, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the Nuru program.
NURU program aims at supporting the Scale-up of Combination HIV and AIDS Prevention Services for General Populations and Youth using Evidence-based, Cost-effective Approaches in the Republic of Kenya (Nairobi Province). Kenya is facing many challenges in its response to HIV and AIDS. There is currently a mixed HIV epidemic with characteristics of both a ‘generalized’ epidemic among the mainstream population, and a ‘concentrated’ epidemic among specific most-at-risk populations (MARPs). HIV prevalence is estimated at 7.4 percent in the age group 15-49 and at 7.1 percent in age group 15-64. There is an estimated 200 new HIV infections per day—between 76,000 and 104,000 new infections per year.
The epidemic is geographically diverse with prevalence among the urban population at 8.4% as opposed to 6.7% in the rural population. NURU program focuses in Nairobi Province where the prevalence is 8.8%.
The challenges relating to the general population include: high levels of HIV within marriage/regular partnerships, higher prevalence among women aged 15-49; a mismatch between service provision and geographical prevalence; and access to treatment, care and nutrition. Only 27% of HIV positive TB patients are on ART.
Areas of Operation
Embakasi District: Mukuru, Donholm, Umoja, Komarock, Utawala, Pipeline, Tassia, Kayole and Embakasi Village