2018 | Change Story 10: “What A Girl Wants, What A Girl Needs”: Female Friendly Harm Reduction Services

Among Kenya’s 1,6 million people who live with HIV, 910.000 are women. Observations from peers and outreach workers in Mombasa’s drug dens indicated a high number of women who were not accessing services. This change story describes how the Muslim Education and Welfare Association (MEWA) innovated their services in order to reach more women. As a result, a viral load suppression of 98% among the HIV positive women and their positive partners was achieved. MEWA’s work was acknowledged by the Global Fund and they were assigned a new site where they can implement harm reduction services for women and serve as a learning site for other CBOs.

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