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Cash crunch hits Kenya’s war on HIV in counties

Activists march during a past international Aids conference. PHOTO | AFP
Activists march during a past international Aids conference. PHOTO | AFP 

Kenya requires a hefty $597.6 million (Sh62 billion) to combat the burden of HIV and Aids in the country’s 47 counties, an official report shows, signalling the hard task ahead of raising funds to fight the disease.

The report titled “Kenya Aids Response Progress Report 2016” published by the National Aids Control Council (NACC) shows that Nairobi leads among the counties with the widest gap between resources available against the need.

Nairobi, for instance, has a Sh3.3 billion ($32 million) deficit of the monies intended for key HIV programmes aimed at managing patients and curbing new infections.

“The total resource gap based on five programme areas namely: key population, HIV testing, counselling, voluntary medical male circumcision, elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and antiretroviral (ARV) therapy is $246 million [Sh25 billion],” read the report.

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