INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS
Is parental permission needed for my child to be interviewed?
Yes, parents must provide permission for anyone age 17 years or under to participate in KENPHIA. The child must also agree to participation.
A person aged 15 years or under who is married, has a child, or is the head of household can give their own consent to participate.
Can I sit with my child during the survey?
Everyone who responds to KENPHIA questions should have confidentiality for their interview.
Therefore your child’s responses to the survey are kept private.
You can discuss them with your child afterwards.
If you, or your child, is uncomfortable with the interview being confidential, it is OK to decline participation in the survey.
Where can I find out more about HIV and adolescents?
- Counsellors and peer educators at the local health centre have training and are happy to consult with
- Any toll-free numbers?
- Look for health programs such as “Families Matter Programme” (LINK?)
Talking to parents about growing up, sexuality and HIV is key to helping adolescents respond positively to the risks around them.
How can I talk to my child about this survey?
KENPHIA can help you have an important discus- sion with your child about risks related to HIV. Parents often feel uncomfortable bringing up these issues. Use the survey as a reason to ask your child about these issues. Did the survey bring questions for him or her?
Talking to parents about growing up, sexuality and HIV is key to helping adolescents respond positive- ly to the risks around them.
Why talk to young people about HIV?
KENPHIA is a national survey that is working to understand how many people are living with HIV in Kenya, and if people are getting the services they need. KENPHIA wants to understand the risks that are related to HIV.
Adolescents are critical.
Young people are at high risk for HIV infection — they are begin- ning to have sexual lives, they are influenced by peers (positively and negatively), the are vulnera- ble to risks in their environment. Adolescents with HIV are less likely to be diagnosed, less likely to be on ART drugs and less like- ly to have the virus controlled compared to adults.
We need to do better. And to do better we need to collect data to understand what is hap- pening with young adolescents.