Strathmore Business School, Institute of Healthcare Management in conjunction with National AIDS Control Council will be collaborating on a training and policy analysis program for HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care and Management.
The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between National Aids Control Council and Strathmore Business School was presided over by Dr. Nduku Kilonzo, Director National Aids Control Council, John Kamigwi, Deputy Director National Aids Control Council, Prof. Gilbert Kokwaro, Director Institute of Healthcare Management, Dr. Angela Ndunge, Faculty Director, among other dignitaries.
The collaboration will be to advance the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya with the aim of getting to zero new infections, zero AIDS related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination, leveraging on the comparative strengths of each institution.
NACC and Strathmore Business School will jointly:
• Develop and deliver short courses in HIV Programming in Kenya
• Develop and deliver Graduate Programs in HIV prevention, Care Management
• Establish a HIV policy institute that will facilitate guest lecturing on key HIV policy and technical cutting edge issues and research and publish analytical policy and technical papers
• Jointly undertaking HIV Program Management projects in Kenya and, where possible, in the counties
• Other areas of co-operation as may be agreed upon by the parties from time to time.
NACC’s engagement with SBS is in commitment to the development of Public Private Partnership Initiatives to boost national strategic performance. “For us to deliver on the Maisha strategic plan, we must be ready to work with the people whose core competence are on training,” remarked Dr. Kilonzo.
“National health strategies have been rather reactive to epidemics, limiting the power of national institutions and other stakeholders to properly harness resources in building strong and sustainable health institutions. We hope that this MoU will provide relevant solutions to Kenyans.” told Prof. Kokwaro.
According to the latest HIV/AIDS prevalence reports as highlighted by Dr. Kilonzo, there are 1.6 million people who are living with HIV/AIDS, 900,000 currently under treatment, which accounts for 66%. HIV/AIDS is the leading killer of adolescents and young people in Kenya, from ages 15-24. The number of new infections are higher than the mortality rate which is an indication of insignificant control over epidemics. “In order to stabilize the rate of new infections, we must be ready to train, inform and deliver on the core competencies across all players. Managing HIV/AIDS has to be multi sector task,” said Dr. Kilonzo.
The current cost of treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS is 18 Billion KES against a National health budget of 60 Billion KES. “We are hopeful that our engagement with Strathmore Business School will culminate to the development of a framework on how to develop and make use of local research, mobilize resources and efficiently account for the expenditure. Advancement of local research which should translate to policy and practice,” concluded Dr. Kilonzo.