HIV/AIDS in Kisii County: Current Status and Challenges
International Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education and Behavioural Science
Volume 5, Issue 2, December 2019, Pages: 147-155
Received: Nov. 22, 2019;
Accepted: Dec. 9, 2019;
Published: Dec. 20, 2019
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Gladys Nyamoita Mokua, Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Geoffrey Mokua Maroko, Department of Languages and Linguistics, Machakos University, Machakos, Kenya
Augustus Onchari Nyakundi, Department of Communication, Chuka University, Chuka, Kenya
Meshack Ondora Onyambu, Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
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In 2012, adult HIV/AIDS prevalence in Kisii County was disproportionately high at 8.6%, against the national average of 5.6%. Thus, the researchers set out to investigate the current status and intervention measures in place in combating the condition. Mixed method approach combining both qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques was used. It entailed a desk review of HIV/AIDS materials for the period 2010-2018. Published data on HIV/AIDS in Kisii County from a diverse set of stakeholders was used. Quantitative data was also extracted from online databases, County reports and proposals. Qualitative data was generated from key informant interviews and focus group discussions. Comparative analysis of the qualitative information obtained from the respondents and the documented information was done and conclusions were drawn. Quantitative data was expressed as percentages and the data was presented in form of graphs and tables. Findings indicated that although HIV and AIDS remain a challenge in Kisii County, commendable strides have been made in its management and possible containment. The Kenya HIV estimates report for 2018 indicates that Kisii County has a prevalence rate of 4.4% against the national prevalence of 4.8%. The study also revealed that over 80% of HIV response is funded from external sources with more focus on biomedical interventions with less priority on the non-biomedical interventions. Based on the findings, the study recommends coordination among implementing partners for accurate data documentation and resource distribution. Deliberate efforts also need to be made to increase resources for prevention especially behavioral and structural interventions.
Behavioral, Biomedical, County, Interventions, Kisii, Prevalence
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Gladys Nyamoita Mokua,
Geoffrey Mokua Maroko,
Augustus Onchari Nyakundi,
Meshack Ondora Onyambu,
HIV/AIDS in Kisii County: Current Status and Challenges, International Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education and Behavioural Science.
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2019, pp. 147-155.
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