The Turkana county ministry of health in collaboration with Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation have jointly launched a rapid result initiative program called LEAP aimed at accelerating implementation of strategies to reduce HIV/AIDs prevalence in the county from the current 3.2%
The LEAP program was launched at a sensitization meeting attended by the CEC hon. Jane Ajele, the Chief officer for health Dr. Roberts Abok and all members of the senior management committee of health in the county
LEAP will be a three months program based on a host of strategies sush as partner notification strategy (PNS), timely linkages to ART and optimized defaulter tracing among others
During the launch, the CEC hon. Jane Ajele pledged support of the ministry in respect to making relevant communication for the establishment of functional county multi sectoral coordination teams
Dr. Roberts Abok added that the ministry has already developed advanced mechanism for intergrating health Care programs that LEAP will leverage on to meet it’s goals.
The program has been designed in such a way that the key component of confidentiality and consent in administering HIV/AIDS testing and notification of partners.
Key indicators of the program will be number tested, number of new positives identified and statistics in respect to PNS strategy
Similar rapid results initiatives launched by the county ministry of health in collaboration with Afya Nyota ya bonde were highly successful in Turkana south and Turkana East