HIV/AIDS Control Unit
- Last Updated on 29 November 2013
Director, Dr. Ruth Wanjau
- 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 groups
ACU partners with various organizations and groups in its day to day activities. These include but not limited to;
- I Choose Life
- The Journey
- LVCT- Liverpool VCT Care and Treatment conducts the HIV testing for ACU at Ghana 4 and also participates in all the mobile testing. For more about LVCT visit; http://www.lvct.org/
- Government of Kenya through; National AIDS Control Council (NACC) (http://www.nacc.or.ke/) and Kenya National AIDS & STI Control Programme-NASCOP
- Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative
- KU Radio 99.9fm - ACU/ICL has two hours a week every Thursday from 6pm-8pm. Topics aired are diverse and all touching on issues affecting the youth
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
News/ Upcoming Events
- ACU plans to unite with the rest of the world in Celebrating World AIDS Day on December 1. The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths’
- ACU also plans to visit Thika Institute of Business Studies (TIBS) on 25th November 2013, as part performance contracting to reach to the neighbouring communities and Bethsaida Children’s home on December 6th 2013
- Visited Nyeri and Nanyuki campuses as part of performance contract targets to reach out to all KU first years on 8th and 9th November 2013.
- ACU also held an outreach to Kericho Campus on 23rd September and reached regular students and evening MBA students and most staff with HIVand AIDS messages.
- As part of corporate social responsibility, ACU also visited Caritas Mariana Children’s home Thika on 26th October 2013.
- To capture most of the IBP students, ACU organized evening seminars which were held on 27th and 28th August. It has also visited Ruiru Senior and Ruiru Star high schools as well as Familia ya Ufariji children’s home at Kahawa West.
- 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
For details, contact:
The Director, Aids Control Unit,
P.O. Box 43844-00100, Nairobi
Tel. 8711622/8710901 -12 Ext. 3833