The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is unusual in its scope and magnitude. Health workers in Kenya are under great pressure, given the unprecedented surge in the number of HIV/AIDS patients. A volunteer who elects to take on a placement with HIV/AIDS is taking part in the efforts to mount an effective response in meeting the needs of target communities.
The HIV/AIDS volunteer in Kenya service includes visits to the slums with the purpose of delivering vital supplies of food, medicine, as well as providing basic medical care. HIV/AIDS volunteers help reduce the spread of HIV by raising awareness and promoting access to medical care. They also foster compassion in the community for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as giving emotional support.
Volunteers in Kenya participate in schemes to educate and counsel the community, schools and individuals. Also as a volunteer in Kenya on this program, you will visit HIV/AIDS clinics and help meet the needs of children orphaned by the disease.
NOTE: Volunteers can opt to start this placement by undertaking a 2 week HIV/AIDs Training Course deigned to teach vital skills used on this program, including taking blood samples, testing blood, dealing with patients and counselling. This course is not compulsory but is highly recommended, especially if you wish to have an=more hands-on role on this program (additional costs involved).