Ambulances to the Rescue for HIV+ Kenyans

Debbie DeVoe, CRS regional information officer in East Africa, reports on a recent ambulance delivery.

Kenya ambulances

By providing six ambulances to local health partners, the CRS-led AIDSRelief consortium is increasing community access to HIV services. Photo by Debbie DeVoe/CRS.

Six local health partners in Kenya received brand-new ambulances for HIV service delivery from the CRS-led AIDSRelief consortium last week. Funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the ambulances will enable the six mission hospitals to transport extremely ill patients and extend service outreach in remote communities.

“We are investing in the people working on the frontiers of the HIV epidemic,” said Hanna Dagnachew, chief of party for AIDSRelief Kenya. “The services we are helping our partners to offer and the success rates they are achieving are worthy of honor in even the most developed countries.”

Kenya ambulances

Local partners are sometimes the only health facilities providing HIV services in remote areas, making medical transport capabilities critical. Photo by Debbie DeVoe/CRS.

The AIDSRelief consortium is widely recognized in Kenya for providing high-quality HIV services. AIDSRelief Kenya’s 26 partner facilities are providing antiretroviral treatment to over 27,000 people living with HIV and care to another 33,000 people. These partners are achieving an average viral suppression rate of 94 percent for clients taking antiretroviral medications. This means that patients are consistently taking the lifesaving drugs, thanks to pre- and post-therapy education, extensive counseling and regular home visits from community health volunteers.

Partner staff cheered as they received keys to the vehicles and thanked U.S. taxpayers for this critical support.

— Debbie DeVoe

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