HIV / AIDS HIV/AIDS prevention continues to be our flagship initiative in Kenya. After 5 years supporting the national Kenya Prisons Service to run HIV services in prisons throughout Kenya, International Medical Corps handed over responsibility to the national Kenya Prisons Service and a local Kenyan NGO. This is in line with our mission of building self-reliance in countries affected by disaster or conflict in order that people can be reliant and run services themselves.
We also support a large multi-year project focusing on the fishing communities in Western Kenya, who are among Kenya’s most-at-risk populations. The project provides HIV prevention services to fisher folk and sex workers in Nyanza province.
Nutrition International Medical Corps works in partnership with World Vision International to support integrated nutrition services for mothers and children in Taita Taveta County. Working through local communities and health facilities we make sure those who are most in need have access to food. This work is funded by the European Commission. With the support of the World Food Programme, we make sure that children get the vitamins and minerals they need to survive and develop into healthy adults.
International Medical Corps’ approach is to train a core group of local mothers in good nutrition practices, then sending them to form their own local community groups. 1,200 such groups have already been formed to improve nutrition and health education in local communities.
Healthcare for Somali Refugees In recent years, several thousand Somali refugees, fleeing severe drought and ongoing violence, have made the difficult journey across the Kenyan border to the Dadaab refugee camps. In Kambioos, home to 12,789 refugees, International Medical Corps runs a health post, which can provide basic primary health care to refugees who have no other access to medical help. It also acts as a maternity unit with basic emergency obstetric facilities for pregnant women experiencing difficult births, as well as prenatal and antenatal care for pregnant women and new mothers.