HIV/AIDS R&D portfolio at PHIS

Our HIV/AIDS R&D work is housed within the OneHealth thematic program, where we are working towards improving testing, and contributing to prevention, care and treatment among key, at-risk and other priority populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, adolescent girls and young mothers, and fisherfolk and artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities (ASGM).

Our activities include characterisation of alcohol and substance use as a driver of sexual behaviour and treatment adherence among youth and fisherfolk communities in western Kenya; HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young mothers; addressing HIV vulnerability factors in at-risk populations; prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT); a youth program titled YEAH-Youth Empowered Against HIV- building social networks for improved testing, engagement and retention in care and treatment, and a comprehensive peer-led HIV prevention program in Kenya, among other areas.

PHIS is putting together a multi-sectoral team to deliver a comprehensive ‘test and treat’ strategy among the fisherfolk and ASGM communities in western Kenya through multi-disease prevention promotion campaigns that also include malaria, waterborne diseases and helminthic infections to identify HIV-infected persons (including children, adolescents and adults); tailor approaches to engage and retain those persons in care through patient-centred ICT-driven systems, and prevent those exposed from getting infected through an expanded prevention program.

Our strength lies in the key expertise within the organisation as well as through our partners, evidence-based programming, equity-driven delivery of health services, and the network of local and international partners we engage with.