U.S. Embassy Partners with Kenya National Library Service to Celebrate World AIDS Day

An Article Appearing in the United States Embassy Website on November 1, 2011

The U.S. Embassy’s PEPFAR Coordinator Katherine Perry spoke about HIV/AIDS – How YOU can make a difference, at the Kenya National Library Service’s (knls) National Library to celebrate the upcoming World AIDS Day to be held on December 1, 2011. Ms. Perry explained that PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, partners with the Government of Kenya to place emphasis on prevention efforts, including: expanding counseling and testing efforts to increase knowledge of status, voluntary male circumcision, and creating greater visibility of the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation - a global initiative to link private sector partners with the programmatic experience and reach of traditional partners in youth prevention. She also stressed personal responsibility and what individuals can do to prevent HIV AIDS.

Dr. Nduku Kilonzo, Director, Liverpool VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing), a PEPFAR partner, highlighted the services her organizations provides to the people of Kenya and how they partner with knls to offer a mobile VCT truck at knls libraries to help Kenyans determine their HIV AIDS status and to counsel them on their responsibilities concerning HIV AIDS. Both speakers stressed that HIV AIDS programs are based scientific evidence.
Public Affairs Information Resource Officer Henry Mendelsohn demonstrated the content of eLibraryUSA databases available at the American Reference Center that provide accurate and authoritative information about HIV AIDS and teen health and wellness. He noted that Kenyans can become members of the American Reference Center and receive passwords to the eLibraryUSA. The audience was welcomed by Mr. Richard Atuti, Director, knls. Mr. Atuti informed the audience about knls’ eHealth service centers located in the Kisumu and Eldoret branch public Libraries, a service funded through grants from the Gates Foundation.

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