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Good Friday, The JIJUE way down Lakeside - Nyanza 411

by Kenneth Okwaroh

After the lull down the lakeside, I Choose Life-Africa is glowing on the wrists of folks in the hard 2 reach corners of Kombewa Division, Kisumu East District, thanks to one unique partnership between National AIDS Control Council and I Choose Life Africa Nyanza Program.

With the ever superb hands of one Charles Otieno Opil, and his networking skills, we got NACC, DASCO,DMOH, DRHO, DDO, MOYA, LVCT, CACC, Provincial Administration planning together with us the 1st ever Counseling and Testing services brought to the interiors of Kisumu East district. We engaged 10 counselors, 1 data clerk, DASCO and CACC secretary Kisumu Rural constituency to beat a target of 100 clients counseled and tested, and 1000 individuals reached with messages on the value of taking a HIV test.

There was a 2 days motorbike parade reaching over 3,000 individuals around Kombewa market and the surrounding villages to distigmatize HIV/AIDS and promote Counseling and Testing. 2500 Handbills (post cards with Voluntary Counseling and Testing messages translated into Dholuo) were issued during this mobilization.

Another 37 color posters with messages in dholuo were mounted across the village and markets to mobilize individuals for testing. A large "Yaw Pachi, Ng'e Chalni" - a translation of JIJUE into dholuo - banner produced and displayed throughout the 3 days intervention period.

Hundreds of young men, women, old men and women spiraled out of their homes on GOOD FRIDAY, the 10th of April 2009 to get tested and know their HIV status at Kombewa market. It was amazing, queues were long and people waited patiently for their turn to join the JIJUE band wagon. Counselors tested beyond the allowed 15 clients per day. The JIJUE wristbands just did the magic - thanks to our very own Vero!

By the close of the day, the targets had been achieved, with 154 clients being counseled and tested. Notably, the uptake of counseling and testing among male clients has notably increased, where 80% (124) males received counseling and testing during this drive compared to the 20% (30) females.The youth response was amazing, where 62% (96) of the 154 clients were aged between 15 - 25 years, most of whom were boda boda riders that has had earlier been engaged in the mobilization.

We rest assured that the glow-in-the-dark JIJUE reminder bands are definitely lighting the dark nights in Kombewa - Kisumu over this Easter,and that is a success story!

 

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Events

 

Past Events


February 14, 2009

Egerton University JIJUE

I Choose Life - Africa Rift valley region is running their JIJUE week starting February 16 to 21 at Egerton University. There will be a special Valentines Moonlight Counseling and Testing drive on February 14. The JIJUE week will be spiced with exciting activities from the Egerton University culture week. Egerton JIJUE! For more info, Contact barasa@ichooselife.or.ke

February 20, 2009

Jars of Clay Concert
w/ DJ Mozz/Pete Odera and more! (Mavuno Dome Bellevue)

The 1 Million campaign will be officially launched at a colorful concert featuring Grammy Award winning Rock band - Jars of Clay. They will be accompanied by performances from Kenya's own great acts such as Eric Wainaina, Pete Odera, Kanjii, Atemi, DJ Mozz, M.O.G, A-Star, Jimmy Gait, Juliani, and others who believe in this noble cause.

Location:
Mavuno Dome Bellevue (6pm - 10pm)

Tickets:
Kshs 850/= in advance; 1000/= at the gate

February 22, 2009

Jars of Clay Concert
w/ DJ Mozz/Pete Odera and more! (KICC)

The 1 Million campaign will be officially launched at a colorful concert featuring Grammy Award winning Rock band - Jars of Clay. They will be accompanied by performances from Kenya's own great acts such as Eric Wainaina, Pete Odera, Kanjii, Atemi, DJ Mozz, M.O.G, A-Star, Jimmy Gait, Juliani, and others who believe in this noble cause.

Location:
KICC (2pm - 6pm)

Tickets:
Kshs 350/= in advance; 550/= at the gate

February 22, 2009

KU Testing Week
Kenyatta University

KU Testing Week - Kenyatta University will be holding their annual HIV testing drive. Jars of Clay will get a chance to interact with the peer educators from the university peer educators before the week starts.The peer educators are already running an essay competition, and have schedules exciting activities such as candle light walk, Mr & Miss status competition.

February 28, 2009

KU Mombasa Campus JIJUE


I Choose Life - Africa Coast region in partnership with Kenyatta University Students Association of Mombasa Campus will be organizing a drug and substance abuse awareness day themed around Mr. and Miss KU Mombasa Campus. ICL will be facilitating Counseling & testing drive and forge new partnerships with various stakeholders. For more info, Contact kombe@ichooselife.or.ke

March 2, 2009

Spring JIJUE VCT Drive
United States International University

United States International University peer educators are organizing a one of a kind testing week. Known for their ability to conduct things differently, the students run a stigma reduction campaign dubbed "I am HIV positive" last semester. We are watching out for an exceptionally exciting and creative JIJUE week from these folks.

March 14, 2009

Chrisc Bogard JIJUE 1 Million Tournament
Githogoro Grounds
9 am-6pm

 

March 16-21, 2009

Spring JIJUE Week
United States International University

 

 

 

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