Boost for Kenya's healthcare as Sh900m HIV, TB lab is opened
SEE ALSO :Kenyan NGO wins global TB awardHe said the country has made a remarkable decline in HIV prevalence from 13 per cent in 2003 to the current 5.6 per cent. He expressed optimism of Kenya achieving its ultimate goal of having zero TB and HIV deaths, infections and nil stigma and discrimination. US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said for over 50 years, the US and Kenyan governments have collaborated on initiatives focused on ensuring health and safety of Kenyans. “Because Kenya has demonstrated leadership in the public health in Africa, the US has made significant long-term investments to expand the capacity of Kenya’s national-level health and laboratory system.” The Ministry of Health Afya House Annex for HIV and tuberculosis programmes and the National Public Health Reference Laboratories building were funded by The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The Ministry of Health has worked with PEPFAR in implementing a sustainable integrated system for addressing the HIV epidemic. It has since signed for cooperative agreements with the US Government through Centre for Disease Control. At least a million Kenyans have successfully been treated from TB in the last 10 years.
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