Mt. Kenya region, one of the target areas for the New FPFK’s HIV/AIDS project established in 2010 0ctober, covers 14 administrative districts, 6 in Eastern Province and 7 in Central Province and an approximate surface area of 15,500km2. Major urban centres in the region include Thika, Murang’a, Nyeri, Embu, Meru and Nyahururu. According to population projections for 2009 available from Central Bureau of Statistics the region has a population of just over 5.4 million people.
The goal of this project is to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS by increasing the capacity of the communities to respond effectively to the challenges posed by the epidemic using their inherent human and social strengths.
The in specific objectives are:
Mobilise communities through SALT teams to change behaviour and attitudes that encourage spread of HIV and provide care between relatives or neighbours (for PLWHA & OVCs)
Achieve policy change and legal repeal so that the Human Rights of women and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and the indigenous rights of the communities especially the Maasai are respected and upheld.
Ensure that the government keeps its national and international commitments concerning HIV/AIDS and exercises transparency and accountability in handling of funds for dealing with the pandemic as well as encourage the government to embrace Human Capacity Development Approach to HIV/AIDS response as opposed to service provision / top – down interventions response.
Improve the socio-economic and environmental welfare of the target communities by initiating environmentally sustainable income generating activities targeted at those affected and infected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and also the general public.
Promote learning through inter-group transfer of experiences gained during SALT activities and document replicable experiences from the participating communities