Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK) is a national non-governmental organization founded and registered in Kenya in 1994 by a group of women most of whom had tested HIV positive. The founding group had in mind an entity that would provide them with a forum for mutual support and empowerment at a time when HIV related stigma and discrimination toward women was very high. Since then, WOFAK has made tremendous achievement contributing significantly to national efforts aimed at HIV/AIDS prevention and to provide comprehensive care and support to women, youth and children living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, enabling them to lead better and quality life.
WOFAK’s vision is ‘an AIDS Free Society where Women, Youth and Children Live with Dignity’. Our mission is ‘to empower, provide care and support to Women, Youth and Children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS through Community Groups and Organizations to enable them have wholesome lives’. Our motto is ‘beyond HIV and AIDS’ in which WOFAK seeks to address to reach both the infected and affected women, youths and children with a whole of set of services in health, education, economic empowerment and psychosocial support. Our core values are: (1) Solidarity with the infected and affected by HIV and AIDS; (2) transparency and accountability in all our actions; (3) Integrity, ethical practices and delivery of quality service; (4) respect of diversity, the innate potential and dignity of people regardless of their HIV status; (5) rights and Justice for people Infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
WOFAK’s programs and activities are guided by a set of national plans, laws and policies including Kenya National Health strategic plan, Kenya’s vision 2030, community health strategy, the new constitution among others.
OUR CORE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE;
(1) Health- Community and home based care, community health education, psychosocial support and counseling, nutritional support, HIV testing and counseling, HIV care and treatment services, basic medical care, Prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT), Water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Maternal and child health (MCH) services, formation and strengthening of community health units and sexual and reproductive health services and referral;
(2) Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) care and support to receive basic education, scholastic support, child protection and vocational training
(3) Economic empowerment- revolving funds, training in business management, group savings and loans (GSL) and agribusiness development;
(4) Advocacy in access to HIV treatment, property inheritance rights, sexual reproductive health rights, meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS, reduction of gender based violence (GBV) and women involvement in leadership
(5) Institutional strengthening- for local NGOs, CBOs and community groups in leadership and management, resource mobilization, advocacy, financial management, planning and program management.
Today, WOFAK has programs spread across 10 counties in Kenya namely Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, Busia, Nakuru and Baringo. Since inception, WOFAK reaches to an average of 50,000 beneficiaries every year. However, in the recent past WOFAK has grown in terms of the number of beneficiaries reached. For example, in 2014 alone WOFAK reached out to 90,918 beneficiaries with our services.
WOFAK works closely with relevant government ministries and agencies and other local and international NGOs in meeting the needs of the target population in recognition of benefits of partnerships. Below are some of our achievements for the year 2016;
a. To increase coverage of HIV testing counseling services 7,774 people were offered HTC services most of whom were young people and couples.
b. 1330 women living with HIV were reached with PMTCT services aimed at reducing the mother to child HIV transmission rates.
c. To improve the psychosocial and emotional well being of HIV infected and affected vulnerable populations, 3,303 people received counseling services and 85 support groups were formed both for adults and young people.
d. 16,882 people living with HIV were provided with community and Home based care and support
e. To increase access to sexual and reproductive health services for young people through providing youth friendly services, 8,8447 youths were offered these services.
f. To improve quality of lives and survival chances of children infected and affected by HIV/ and AIDS 8,183 children received comprehensive care and support services. These services included scholastic support, vocational training, and sanitary pads for girls, protection, counseling and nutrition.
g. To increase the quality and uptake of key health services and behaviors that contributes to safe motherhood and nutrition among women of reproductive health 5,443 women were reached with MCH (including ANC) services..
h. To contribute to reduction of New HIV through promoting positive behavior change 15,231 PLHIV were reached with prevention with positive messages. MARPS were also targeted reaching to 20,000 with BCC information.
i. To enhance community access to health care 18 community units were supported with 153 community health workers and 30 CHEWs trained. In total WOFAK worked with 600 community health workers in providing community based health services.
j. To improve the institutional capacity of other local-based organizations, WOFAK supported 9 community based organizations and trained 150 CBO leaders on leadership and governance, M&E and financial management.
k. To increase income levels among poor women, 675 women were supported to start income generating activities out of which 350 of them were linked to loans/financial services. Through the group saving and lending approach 18 such groups were formed.
Our successes are attributed to use of far reaching, innovative methodologies to reach our intended beneficiaries including approaches like youth friendly services, community system strengthening, partnership and networking with the government and other NGOs, community conversation, advocacy, creating synergy, comprehensive approach to provision of services, private-public partnership.
WOFAK has participated in the development and review of a number of national guidelines and policies including the Community Health Strategy, Kenya’s Comprehensive Sexual education policy for schools, Kenya Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights alliance advocacy strategy (2012-2015), National Guidelines for PMTCT Peer Education and Psychosocial Support in Kenya and sits on various OVC committees.
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