Collaborating for Sustainable HIV Community Care
The Faith, Health Collaboration and Leadership Development Program (FHCLDP) is a multi-sector team-based model that builds partnerships among FBOs, HIV treatment programs, and civil society organizations. The collaboration supports sustainable, community-based HIV prevention and treatment services and to help people living with HIV remain in clinical treatment programs by offering coordinated community support services. St. Paul’s University (Limuru, Kenya) and Emory Interfaith Health Program piloted the in Nakuru County in 2014 with funding from the U.S. government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Religion has been used to justify HIV stigma and discrimination but it can also be an important source to challenge such stigma and discrimination. The FHCLDP equips local leaders from faith-based, psychosocial, and clinical programs with knowledge and tangible, measurable activities to fight stigma and increase support services for those living with HIV. With the success of the FHCLDP, IHP is working to collaborate with other colleagues in Kenya to expand the program to two other Kenyan counties next year. They are also working to lay the groundwork to replicate the program in other countries as well.