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HIV/AIDS Control Unit

 

Introduction
Kenyatta University HIV/AIDS Control Unit (ACU) is one of the major interventions developed as a response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the institution.The K.U AIDS Control Unit was established in March 2001 and falls under the ACU of the Ministry of Education through the Commission for University Education’s ACU, which coordinate ACU activities among the universities.

 

Vision
Kick HIV out of Kenya

Mission
The ACU is committed to the formulation and promotion of programmes and activities for the prevention and management of HIV and AIDS within the university, its campuses and neighbouring communities with main theme as Accelerating Progress Towards Zero:

Objectives

  • To facilitate peer education and life skill training aimed at appropriate behaviour change, practices and positive living
  • To sensitise the community on HIV/AIDS issues
  • To facilitate the offering of Voluntary Counselling and Testing services (VCT)
  • To formulate HIV and AIDS policies with respect to students and staff
  • To sensitise and advice Senate, students and staff on various aspects of the HIV/AIDS policy
  • To forge linkages with other stakeholders in the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS services to the infected and affected
  • To raise funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and management programmes at the University
  • To facilitate research and publication in the area of HIV/AIDS
  • To facilitate the mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS into the curricular
  • To act as a resource centre for HIV/AIDS teaching, learning and research materials.
  • To facilitate information sharing activities on issues related to HIV/AIDS
  • To promote formation of HIV/AIDS organizations and support group

Linkages
ACU partners with various organizations and groups in its day to day activities. These include but not limited to;

Activities at the ACU by LVCT, KUSACO, ICL and the Journey.

  • HIV testing and counselling at Ghana 4 or mobile VCT by LVCT
  • Peer education, life skills and leadership training, through I Choose Life and The Journey
  • Outreach training programme to neighbouring communities
  • Behaviour change communication groups
  • Annual HIV testing week, Culture week VCT and exhibitions
  • Support groups for people and students living with HIV on campus
  • Operates a Resource Centre
  • Acquisition and distribution of condoms and behaviour change materials
  • Proposal development
  • Research

News/ Upcoming Events

  • The Annual HIV Testing Week Feb 8th- 15th 2015
    The activities will include;

    i. Sports Day- This is to provide avenue to encourage the players and their fans to get tested. The day will be named Bill and Melinda Sports Day.
    ii. Gender Fora - These sessions aim to define the Dos and Don’ts in a relationship and also respect for both genders. It will include;

    • Gender based violence (GBV) and Gender stereoypes
    • Family plannning
    • Alcohol and drug abuse (ADA)

    iii. The Play Night- This aims to address behaviour change and several issues that affect the youth in campus especially negative peer pressure
    iv. Mr. and Miss HIV Status 2015 Beauty Pageant/Campus Night- The goal of this event is to have Mr and Miss Status act as ambassadors of behaviour change and HIV Testing where contestants are trained as peer educators before a winner is chosen.
    v. Mobile VCT- This will be in addition to the continuous stand alone VCT. It is aimed at reaching all to get HIV testing including the neighboring community. Testing runs throughout the week.
    vi. Campus Outreach - Kenyatta University currently has 10 satellite campuses. ACU plans to visit four of these campuses with various behavior change activities during the week.
    vii. Seminar for Students with special needs

Latest Achievements

  • First ever University in Kenya to conduct Door to Door HIV testing in the hostels which has increased HIV uptake by students
  • Held two (2) Training of Trainers workshops in HIV Integration into University Curriculum for the Kenyatta University Teaching staff in May 2013 and September 2012
  •  Rated 4th best performing directorate in KU in 2012
  • Conducted two (2) Training of Trainers Workshops for Peer Educator where 175 peer educators were sourced from various KU campuses i.e. Main, City, Kitui, Nyeri, Mombasa and Nakuru, students were trained and presented with certificates in May 2013 and December 2012
  • Organized and conducted HIV Research Methodology Workshop involving Association of African Universities-Eastern Africa Sub-Region Network (AAU-EASRN) Countries, held in May 2012
  • LVCT – CT service providers on KU grounds at Ghana 4, which has improved HTC  services uptake as well as better support and management of people living with HIV both staff and students
  • Submitted a proposal for funding to NACC for (Total War against AIDS) TOWA and was awarded 5million. The first tranche of 2.5 million has been received and now awaiting 2nd tranche.
  • Has increased support groups from 1 in 2010 to 7 in 2013

Localtion

Aids Control Unit (ACU) has relocated to Directorates Complex 2nd Floor Wing B. Rooms 216 and 217

For details, contact:
The Director, Aids Control Unit,
Kenyatta University,
P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi
Tel. 8711622/8710901 -12 Ext. 3833