Kenyan NGOs press for new ways to fighting HIV/AIDS

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Aids Counselling and Support services (TACASS), a Nairobi-based NGO, has urged for new ways to combating HIV/AIDS, after observing that there were no signs the scourge was abating despite the huge sums of money spent to curb its spread.
In a statement, TACASS director Wekesa Buteyo regretted that seminars and workshops had been organised at the expense of actual grassroots intervention.
Dr Buteyo called on all infected Kenyans, especially among the country's leadership, to go public about their HIV status, since leading by example was the only way that would encourage voluntary screening and counselling.
Providing voluntary counselling and testing programmes in every province up to the village level, he said, was an approach that could see a reduction in new HIV/AIDS cases.
"No billions of shillings will curtail the spread of this scourge unless individual behavioural change, particularly towards sex is addressed candidly," he added.
Kenya is in the process of establishing 300 voluntary HIV testing centres countrywide, mostly in the rural areas where the level of awareness is still low.
In Bungoma district of western Kenya where the NGO has a programme, the prevalence rate is between 25 and 30 percent.

30 july 2001 17:41:00

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