Director’s Message

RUWEPO CEO, Anne Baraza

As an organization, we are purpose-driven to reduce HIV infection, deeply rooted social stigma and
AIDS-related deaths in our respective communities. We are going to scale-up targeted community-
based interventions through advocacy, capacity building and testing for both the infected and affected
households. The focus will be vulnerable women, pregnant mothers, youth and children. We will strive towards Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), Behaviour Change Communication (BCC), Home Based Care (HBC), HIV Testing and Counseling  (HTC) services. However, we will also make friendly attempts to reach out to men. It is evidence-based that social stigma and fear of
losing masculinity continue to prevent many men from accepting and disclosing their positive HIV status in our community.

Stigma and discrimination have been identified through research survey as a key barrier to HIV
prevention and uptake of care and preventive services for our people. High HIV stigma and
discrimination, negative attitude towards regular use of condoms, gender inequalities, poverty, food
insecurity and cultural impediments are the new driving forces of new infections. We will also continue
activating increased protection of human rights and improved access to justice for PLWHIV and LGBTI
persons.

RUWEPO will continue working towards a healthy community by engaging and facilitating in sexual
gender based violence (SGBV) prevention, advocating for care and support of survivors, care and
support of vulnerable and orphaned children (Children of Africa Hope Mission) in the slums and rural
areas of Kenya, maternal health and reproductive rights, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). All
these issues increase vulnerability to HIV and AIDS.
We are hopeful to achieve our organizational goals through elaborate resource mobilization, networking
and partnerships both locally and globally.

Best regards,

Anne Khadudu Baraza

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  1. Excellent

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