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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

  • Seminar for the KU security personnel on 24th July 2014

     

  • AIDS Control Unit (ACU) visited Kericho campus for Behaviour Change Communication activity.
    Target audience was staff and students especially the first and second years

    Community Outreach Activities to
    i.    Young Life Children’s Home Ruiru,
    ii.    Hope and Faith Children’s Home, Juja Farm and
    iii.    Hope and Life Children’s Home Ruiru on Saturday, 19th July 2014.

     

  • Kericho Campus Outreach on 18th July 2014
  • AIDS Control Unit in collaboration with Sacred Missions, New Horizons and Kenya Girl Guides Association (Kiambu County) is planning to hold a one (1) day outreach to Ruiru Community to create awareness on importance of building individual capacity at all levels in responding to HIV and AIDS, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Disabilities and other related issues as part of performance contract to reach out to the neighbouring communities on 5th April 2014 at Ruiru Girls Secondary School.

    Theme:
    Strengthening individual Capacity in responding to HIV & AIDS, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Disabilities and related issues in 2014 and beyond

  • HIV awareness and sensitization seminar for students with special needs
    ACU is planning to hold a one (1) day seminar for students with special needs on 4th Feb 2014 and VCT services for the same group.
  • Annual Hiv Testing Week

Events

  • 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.

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

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