The Eastern Deanery AIDS Programme for Care at home for People Affected by and Infected with HIV / AlDS.
What is this Programme?
The Eastern Deanery AIDS Programme functions as an outreach of the Eastern Deanery of the Catholic Church, which is a part of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya.
It offers a range of services provided by the Eastern Deanery AIDS Program through volunteer community health care workers who are members of the Small Christian Communities of the Catholic Church.
Although the programme is sponsored and located within the Catholic Church its services are free and available to all people of whatever faith or indeed even of no religious affiliation.
The volunteers are themselves educated and trained in the necessary skills by the personnel of the programme.
The personnel is made up of health professionals and social workers employed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya.
They work in the parishes visiting and caring for the sick with the help of local volunteer community members.
The professionals give support for the local community workers who provide home care to the sick within that community.
The programme also offers an education prevention programme for youth and adults.
What is the focus of this HIV / AIDS Programme?
Given the sensitive character and the delicate diagnostic nature of the HIV / AIDS disease, its rapid spread among the people, and the abysmal availability of minimal infra-structural facilities, the main focus of the programme is concentrated on the two great diseases ravaging the community:
a) to encourage people to avail themselves of the facilities in monitoring their status vis-a-vis the HIV / AIDS disease;
b) to provide counselling facilities in a more congenial environment;
c) to supply necessary medicines when available especially in the areas of sexually transmittable diseases and TB related illnesses.
d) to enlighten the general public that ignorance here is lethal while knowledge will save life.
e) to provide treatment for TB patients.