The goal of the Kenya National Malaria Strategy (NMS) 2009-2017 is to reduce malaria related illness and death by two-thirds. Key to this is scaling up access to malaria prevention and treatment to all persons living in malaria-risk areas. The Government of Kenya has adopted the vision of a malaria-free Kenya mainly to achieve universal net coverage and 80 percent net use.
PSI/Kenya works in areas of malaria prevention and treatment to positively influence health behaviors of communities and health professionals. Programs seek to increase access to and use of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets and appropriate malaria treatment.
PSI/Kenya’s malaria programs support the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation in achieving its vision of a malaria free Kenya.
PSI/Kenya's Safe Water Program started in 2003 with the promotion and distribution of WaterGuard, a liquid chlorine solution.
In 2006, the program started distribution and promotion of PUR, a dual-action water purifier that acts on turbid water. In 2009, the program introduced Aquatabs into the commercial sector.
Through funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (UKAID), PSI/Kenya works closely with key partners to address the Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan (KNASP) III indicators to contribute to the reduction of HIV incidence in Kenya.
PSI/Kenya’s HIV programs include: abstinence, condom social marketing, concurrent sexual partnerships, sexual and gender based violence, voluntary medical male circumcision and blood donor.
In 1993, PSI/Kenya launched Trust condoms targeting at high-risk and sexually active groups. PSI/Kenya also implements a campaign on the risk of multiple concurrent relationships – Wacha Mpango wa Kando, Epuka Ukimwi (Shun ‘spare wheels’ relations – Avoid HIV). PSI/Kenya also implements a Basic Care Package program targeting people living with HIV. Awareness is mainly through mass media. It also launched the first major edutainment TV drama series dubbed SIRI to support preventative behaviors of Kenyans related to HIV and family planning.
In Kenya, less than half of married couples use modern family planning methods. The unmet need for family planning is high.
PSI/Kenya helps to bridge this gap by distributing quality family planning products at highly subsidized prices, educating communities and distributing education materials, and improving the knowledge, skills, attitude and performance of health care providers in the provision of quality family planning services. PSI/Kenya implements activities under Tunza Family Network, Femiplan and C-Word.
Health Services Delivery
PSI/Kenya manages the Tunza Family Health Network, a social franchise targeted at providing quality health care to low-income and vulnerable populations.
It's a fractional franchise that was launched in December 2008, and is a network of selected private health clinics providing general primary clinical services alongside franchised services. PSI/Kenya trains and supports providers in 5 health areas – family planning, HIV testing and counseling and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS, cervical cancer screening, infant male circumcision and voluntary medical male circumcision. The emphasis is on quality – monthly quality checks and bi-annual quality assessments are conducted through a dedicated quality assurance team.
PSI/Kenya provides correct information to pharmacists on modern family planning methods, to enable them effectively counsel clients.
The objectives are to convert clients using emergency contraceptives to users of regular contraceptives, create a referral system for long-acting reversible contraceptives and address the issue of method discontinuation through proper counseling of clients. The program works with 5,000 clinics countrywide.
Interpersonal Communication (IPC)
PSI/Kenya uses IPC interventions to:
- Support various health areas addressing behavioral factors that require one-on-one discussions and small group interactions. Such factors include demonstrations, skills building and social support.
- Create demand for socially marketed products and services offered through PSI/Kenya or its partners.
- IPC interventions are implemented either through partnership with local civil society organizations, or by engaging community health workers.
- PSI/Kenya mainly uses a community dialogue approach derived from motivational interviewing known as Education Through Listening (ETL).
Please visit PSI/Kenya's website for more information.