The University of Nairobi- Centre for HIV Prevention and Research (CHIVPR) at The College of Health Sciences was established in 2006 as a successor to the defunct Strengthening STD/HIV/AIDS Control Project in Kenya (STD Project. Notwithstanding this was a progressive development. The STD Project was a collaboration of the Universities of Nairobi AND Manitoba with funding by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as an intervention targeting the STD/HIV/AIDS vulnerable groups more specifically Female sex workers and their clients in Kenya. In the fifteen-year period of its existence between 1990 and 2006, the STD Project recorded impressive results in its areas of operations and in the process amassed a credible body of knowledge and skills. It is for this reason that its work needed to be continued when the funding for the STD Project came to an end and for that matter institutionalize this body of knowledge and skills in the centre.
The centre continues to carry out it training and community intervention activities. As a research Centre within the University of Nairobi, CHIVPR aims to build capacity for rigorous health, social and behavioral science research on HIV/AIDS. In addition interpreting this to HIV and AIDS Preventative, care, treatment and support for the Most At Risk Population (MARPS). The centre will be responsive to those it serves. More specifically, customer focus and engagement with the community and other stakeholders.
A Drop in Centre (DICE) is a clinic which provides comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment to Most at Risk population. These services include Biomedical, Social behavioral and Structural. In addition the DICEs provide Health Choices 1 and 2 which is HIV prevention, care and support to in and out of school youths between 13 – 17 years. Also provided is Family Matters to prevent HIV at the couple level as well as teach them how to communicate to their children for better reproductive health and OCAT program. OCAT is a unique program too. It is building capacity of girls and boys aged below 18 years and are involved in “Sex Trade” to exit and start enjoying growth and development. These continuously abused children are deprived of the opportunity to enjoy growth and development like other children. All 10 DICEs are providing these services to 12 Counties and 67 sub-Counties.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE UoN-MARPs DICEs IN SPECIFIC TOWNS:
These continuously abused children are deprived of the opportunity to enjoy growth and development like other children. All 10 DICEs are providing these services to 12 Counties and 67 sub-Counties.