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)

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