KENPHIA NATIONAL LAUNCH
The National launch was held on June 5th, 2018 at the Safaripark Hotel. Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki was represented by Chief Administrative Secretary, Rashid Asman. She called on all Kenyans to participate in the survey assuring of government’s support.
The government has committed human and financial resources to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all Kenyans by 2022 and data from the KENPHIA survey will enable the government to effectively allocate resources towards achievement of HIV epidemic control.
KENPHIA is unique because it will look at county by county status unlike the previous surveys that were region-based. In addition, the survey will include STIs, hepatitis prevalence as well as the nutrition status in children and pregnant mothers.
Bartilol Kigen, the head of National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), said blood samples will be collected to measure biomarkers that will indicate infected people, recent infections and the number of HIV infected people who are on effective treatment.
Kigen said the researchers will in the next six months visit 20,000 randomly selected households and interview them.