Ruben medical clinic in conjunction with Young Women Campaign Against AIDS organization joined the world in marking the 25th WorldAIDS Day in Kenya at Ruben Centre. The event involved many activities that revolved around this year’s theme of Getting to Zero:  zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths for vision 2030.

The activities for the day involved HIV/AIDS education that was articulately displayed by the youths through skits and narratives, voluntary testing and reading of a national speech by the District AIDS and STI’s Coordinator (DASCO). More than 300 people attended the event of which 72 were tested. According to DASCOHIV infections are highest amongst married couples or those cohabiting a statement that was reiterated by the country’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in a similar event in Mombasa. 44% of the new infections occur within stable relationships.

The day was marked at a time when the rate of infection among young girls between the ages of 15-24 is depressingly high compared to the male is also a time when only 38% of children born with HIV were accessing lifesaving medication in the country. Concerted efforts are urgently needed to join campaigns that will scale down the 13,000 new infections among children annually.

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Ruben Centre is a faith-based organization striving for an empowered and just Mukuru community by providing quality education, health, financial and social services to children and families in Mukuru community. The Ruben Centre is a non-profit, charity organization run by the Christian Brothers African Province. It is one of eight Christian Brother’s project sites across Africa, and offers educational, health and community development programmes to the residents of one of the largest slums in Nairobi (known as both the Ruben Slum as well as Mukuru community).

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‘Who is that sitting outside my office, she has been there for half an hour,’ I asked Margie. With no answer on offer, I suggested that Margie herself go and fix her up. Then I was suddenly aware of the poor state I was in, if I had retreated that far from the mob that is often pressing around with an endless litany of needs to be addressed. What else am I here for? Get over yourself Frank.

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