Makueni’s efforts to combat the HIV epidemic has received a shot in the arm following a partnership agreement with Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) to scale up these efforts.
The agreement, signed on Monday by governor Kivutha Kibwana and CHAK’s Secretary General Samuel Mwenda seeks to facilitate the implementation of comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Services in pre-selected faith based facilities within Makueni County
The selected facilities include Kikoko Mission Hospital, Makueni Catholic Dispensary, PCEA Kasasule Health Centre, Kambu Catholic Dispensary and Mbitini Catholic dispensary.
As part of the partnership, CHAK will primarily:
Provide financial support on a monthly basis for human resources support in the facilities captured, subject to funding availability from CDC to the Makueni County Health Management Team as discussed and agreed upon by both parties.
Offer clinical, & Health systems strengthening mentorship at the pre-determined Health facilities.
Participate in joint support supervision with the County Health Management Teams.
Timely submission of MoH monthly reports as per the pre-existing framework to the Makueni County Health Department
Train the personnel in the pre-determined health facilities on various aspects of HIV & T.B service delivery and reporting.
Makueni on the other hand will among others:
Offer staff management including staff appraisal and taking disciplinary measures where necessary.
Provide data capturing and reporting tools for the HIV and TB care and treatment and to Conduct Data Quality Audits of the health facilities captured.
Facilitate consistency in supply of pharmaceutical and laboratory commodities that are vital to the day to day implementation and overall success of the HIV and TB care and treatment interventions as envisioned in the agreement.