Inuka Program

INUKA! is a Swahili word meaning ‘Arise!’ The overall goal of INUKA is to find and bring to care Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) between the ages of 0-14 years, monitor those already in care to ensure antiretroviral treatment initiation, retention and viral suppression.

Inuka Program

Of the 1.5 million people living with HIV in Kenya, 105,000 are children (0-14 years). Children (0-14 years) account for 15% of all new infections and for 15% of all AIDS related deaths. According to NASCOP HIV Estimates in 2018, mortality rates have declined due to progress in scaling up access to HIV testing and treatment services. However, more than 4,300 children still die from AIDS-related illnesses annually, and a total of 580,000 children are recorded as being orphaned by AIDS.

Over the years, most HIV interventions in Kenya have targeted adults and left behind children and pregnant mothers. INUKA focuses on the children and pregnant mothers in Homa Bay County through:

  • Mobilizing and educating communities on pediatric HIV and Elimination of Mother-To-Child Transmission
  • Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being of CLHIV between 0-14 years
  • Economically empowering households and CHVs to ensure retention to care of CLHIV
  • Documenting best practices, share lessons learnt and identify opportunities to sustain and scale the INUKA community intervention model

This project is funded by Aidsfonds an organization is based in the Netherlands and an approved charity by The Netherlands Fundraising Regulator (CBF).