Aids Control Unit

 

Ms. Rose A. Mutende
Sub-ACU Coordinator

Message from ACU Coordinator

The Government of Kenya recognizes that HIV and AIDS is a major obstacle in the education sector, and the impact continues to be felt at all levels. Universities, which consist of young people in the 17 -24 age bracket, are no exception. This age bracket is highly vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. However, even though young people are threatened by the epidemic, they offer the greatest hope for turning the tide against HIV and AIDS. Education, particularly on issues of HIV and AIDS, is one of the best “social vaccines” against HIV.

Kibabii University acknowledges the serious socio-economic challenges posed by HIV and AIDS. Towards the prevention of HIV and AIDS infections within the University, the Sub-AIDS Control Unit’s has the following Objectives;

  • Promotion of VCT and treatment services for HIV and AIDS
  • Promotion of HIV and AIDS prevention
  • To enhance HIV and AIDS Research
  • Strengthening coordination of HIV Activities

To achieve these objectives the AIDS Control Unit has three broad program activities.

  • Prevention and Advocacy Program Activities
  • Care and Support Program Activities
  • HIV and AIDS Research

Core Values

To undertake its mission and realize its vision, we do uphold the following values:

  • Excellence -Staff in the department shall ensure excellence in provision of service to all its clients.
  • Accountability– Staff in the department shall explain the rationale of activities done.
  • Transparency – Staff in the department shall avoid any actions that might border on any malpractice like corruption
  • Equity – Staff in the department shall ensure that there are equal opportunities for all without any form of discrimination, be it gender, race, disability, age, religion or ethnicity.
  • Professionalism– Staff in the department shall conduct themselves with decorum and adhere to professional ethics.
  • Integrity – Shall be reflected in our personal appearances, interactions and conduct.
  • Confidentiality – staff in the department shall ensure total confidentiality in provision of services to the client

Here are some of the behavior change communication groups:

  • Drama group
  • Salsa dance group
  • Mentor group/ HIV and AIDS peer educators

Achievements

  • A functional VCT center open to staff, students and the community
  • A trained staff HIV and AIDS peer educators
  • Working links with APHIAPLUS and I Choose Life Africa (ICL)

KIBU ACU Empowerment Program to Young Mothers

Kibabii University Directorate of AIDS Control Unit will launch Empower Her Program on Friday 26th October, 2018 at Auditorium C. The program targets young student mothers and expectant students because women are more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.

Mothers are encouraged to come with their babies for : Sanitary towels, diapers, baby feeds and many others

KIBU ACU Empowerment Program to Young Mothers

ACU Club Condom Distribution

ACU Club members distributed condoms to students and staff within the University and to the villages around the University where non-resident students reside on Wednesday 29th September, 2018. Villages include: Bukananachi, Tuuti, Sewage area, Booster, Toris, Hidaya, Dominion, Kibabii Diploma and Runda hostel area.  In these villages both students and locals were issued pieces of condoms.

Condom distribution program has been proven to increase condom use and prevent HIV/sexually transmitted infections, also increase availability, accessibility, and acceptability of condom use.

ACU Club Condom Distribution Gallery

ACU Club Condom Distribution

ACU Club Condom Distribution

ACU Club Condom Distribution

2018/2019 First Year Students’ Orientation to the Directorate of Aids Control Unit

Directorate of Aids Control Unit (ACU), ACU Committee members and ACU Club members addressing 2018/2019 first year students during orientation session to the Directorate of Aids Control Unit on 10th September, 2018.

Topics discussed were:

  1. Work and study place policy for HIV and AIDS
  2. Reproductive Health issues and HIV and AIDS prevalence in University
  3. Reproductive Health, Unplanned pregnancy, abortion in relation to HIV and AIDS
  4. Life on campus & relationships, Abstinence and Empowerment
  5. Drug use in relation to HIV and AIDS
  6. Life skills in relation to HIV and AIDS
  7. Gender-based violence on campus
  8. Correct, Consistent and Consented Condom use(condolympics)

2018/2019 First Year Students’ Orientation to ACU Gallery

2018/2019 First Year Students’ Orientation to the Directorate of Aids Control Unit

2018/2019 First Year Students’ Orientation to the Directorate of Aids Control Unit

2018/2019 First Year Students’ Orientation to the Directorate of Aids Control Unit

2018/2019 First Year Students’ Orientation to the Directorate of Aids Control Unit

2018/2019 First Year Students’ Orientation to the Directorate of Aids Control Unit

2018/2019 First Year Students’ Orientation to the Directorate of Aids Control Unit

Directorate of AIDS Control Unit Certification by National AIDS Control Council

During the 15th cycle Performance Contracting review meeting the Directorate of AIDS Control Unit was awarded Certificate by National AIDS Control Council (NACC) for having successfully achieved the HIV and AIDS performance contract targets. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Ipara received the certificate on behalf of the University and directorate.

Directorate of AIDS Control Unit Certification by National AIDS Control Council

Directorate of AIDS Control Unit Certification by National AIDS Control Council

Commission of University Verification on HIV and AIDS Mainstreaming in KIBU

HIV and AIDS activities are mainstreamed into the core functions of all Public Institutions, due to this National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and Commission of University (CUE) held a verification process in Kibabii University on 28th June 2018.

Among the major corners in CUE verification included:

  • Institutionalization of HIV and Aids: remains a core business of teaching, research and community outreach
  • HIV and Aids competent graduates: streaming HIV and Aids into the curriculum programs
  • Outreach activities: awareness campaign on HIV and AIDS
  • Stigma and discrimination: zero tolerance to stigma and discrimination of both infected and affected people
  • AIDS Control Unit and its operationalization

HIV and Aids Mainstreaming Gallery

Commission of University Verification on HIV and AIDS Mainstreaming in KIBU

Commission of University Verification on HIV and AIDS Mainstreaming in KIBU

Kibabii University Marked World AIDS Day

Kibabii University participated in World AIDS day at Poster Grounds Bungoma town. The major Theme of the day was “Right to Health/Step Up for HIV prevention:’Youth na Plan'”. Drama and Taekwondo were presented by Kibabii University students in the event. Aids Control Unit Directorate is promoting HIV prevention among students and staff by use of Behavior Communication Change Groups(BCCG) in Kibabii University.

Kibabii University Marked World AIDS Day

Kibabii University Marked World AIDS Day

Kibabii University Marked World AIDS Day

Kibabii University Marked World AIDS Day

AIDS Control Unit Organized for HIV and AIDS Awareness Week

Kibabii University AIDS Control Unit, Student Affairs Department and the Health Services in conjunction with Bungoma County Hospital, AMPATH and APHIAPLUS organized for HIV and AIDS awareness week from 25th -30th September 2017. This event was sponsored by NASCOP.

Activities comprised HIV Testing and counselling (HTC) Services, STI’s Screening and referrals, and HIV advocacy and education. There were 3 service points within the campus and one service points in the student’s residential areas outside the University premises.

All staff and students who had undergone HTC attended the event.  Two teams of students from Kibabii TTC and Sangalo Institute attended and   made presentations aligned to the events theme.

AIDS Control Unit Organized for HIV and AIDS Awareness Week

AIDS Control Unit Organized for HIV and AIDS Awareness Week

AIDS Control Unit Organized for HIV and AIDS Awareness Week

2017/2018 First Year Students during Aids Control Unit Directorate Orientation

2017/2018 First Year Students during Aids Control Unit Directorate Orientation

One of the major objective for AIDS Control unit at Kibabii University is to promote behaviour and attitude change among students and staff.

To achieve behaviuor change communication among the university community and vulnerable groups the AIDS Control Unit held an induction day on 25TH and 26TH September 2016 where the following topics were discussed:

  1. Campus lifestyle
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Relationships
  • Abstinence
  1. STIs and HIV
  • Basic HIV facts
  • HIV and drugs
  1. Reproductive Health
  • Family planning

2017/2018 First Year Students during Aids Control Unit Directorate Orientation

2017/2018 First Year Students during Aids Control Unit Directorate Orientation

Students Peer Educators during Team Building

Kibabii University AIDS Control Unit students peer educators during team building

Students Peer Educators during Team Building

Students Peer Educators during Team Building

Students Peer Educators during Team Building

Abstinence Campaign

The AIDS Control Unit with the help of trained HIV and AIDS Peer Educators held an abstinence campaign of three days from 17th -18th February 2016. The main aim was to promote primary and secondary abstinence as well as intensify advocacy for HIV and AIDS Prevention and Educational activities in the university.The team held interactive sessions at designated places with colleagues and discussed on issues relating to HIV and AIDS, Relationships and abstinence. Swala Crucial IEC Material (busted and unyama) were distributed.
Ag. DVC (ARE) with some Peer Educators during the Abstinence Campaign period.
Abstinence Campaign

Training

The AIDS Control unit in conjunction with I Choose Life- Africa (ICL) organized for a one week training within the University Premises for the second generation HIV and AIDS Peer Educators. 50 Students were trained. The main topics covered were:

  • HIV AND AIDS, AND OTHER RELATED STI’S
  • TEENAGE RELATIONSHIPS
  • SEXUALITY
  • DRUG ABUSE IN RELATION TO HIV AND AIDS
    • PREVENTION OF HIV AND AIDS
  • CARE AND SUPPORT OF BOTH INFECTED AND AFFECTED.
  • Training

    Discussions

    Group discussions during training
    discussions

    Interaction Session

    Interaction session between the peer educators and Shuga facilitators during training.
    Interaction Session

    Kibabii University Shuga Facilitators

    Kibabii University AIDS Control Unit in conjunction with I Choose Life-Africa have trained 20 Shuga Facilitators.
    Kibabii University Shuga Facilitators

    Watching

    Trainees watching Shuga series keenly
    Watching
    Watching

    Condoms Importance

    Demonstration of condom’s importance its use and elasticity as portrayed in shuga series
    Condoms Importance

    Shuga Training

    Light moments during the Shuga training
    Shuga Training

    Peer Educators Lounge

    A peer educator at the HIV and AIDS peer educators lounge/corner
    Peer Educators Lounge

    Talking Walls

    The talking walls of the new ACU office
    Talking Walls

    Condom Use

    Promotion of condom use among students who are not willing to abstain. The do’s and don’ts when using a condom
    Condom Use

    Orientation

    Students listening keenly during ACU orientation
    Orientation

    A Club Member Address Students during Shuga Screening

    A Club member address students during Shuga Screening
    Shuga Screening

    Facilitator Address Members during Shuga Screening

    Facilitator address members during Shuga Screening
    Shuga Screening

    Shuga Screening

    Shuga Screening
    Shuga Screening

    Peer Educators

    Registration of members as they enter the commissioning of peer educators
    Peer Educators

    ACU Club Anthem

    Members sing and dance to their ACU club anthem
    ACU Club Anthem

    Talk by I Choose Life Africa

    The VC Prof. Ipara, DVC Prof. Shibairo, DVC Aywa, Guests from ICL( I Choose Life Africa) and Aphia-plus and The ACU Committee Members listening to the Speaker.
    Talk by I Choose Life Africa