Most national MCH-FP programs in sub-Saharan Africa are shifting their programmatic strategies toward a broader reproductive health service approach that includes integrating STI and HIV/AIDS services into existing MCH-FP programs. This is based on the belief that integration will lead to more cost-effective and better-quality service, and maximize use of existing resources. There is an assumption that the basic infrastructure for the MCH-FP programs can absorb the extra demands of the STI/HIV/AIDS services with minimal additional inputs and that staff providing MCH-FP services require only minimal training to be able to provide STI/HIV/AIDS services. There is a further assumption that the addition of STI/HIV/AIDS services to existing MCH-FP services may reduce the stigma associated with providing STIs and HIV/AIDS services in isolation. The Population Council, through the Africa OR/TA Project II, is carrying out a number of case studies of projects and programs that have initiated integrated services with MCH-FP services. This report describes a case study of the integration activities being undertaken by the Mkomani Clinic Society in Mombasa, Kenya.
Twahir, Amina, Baker Ndugga Maggwa, and Ian Askew. 1996. "Integration of STI and HIV/AIDS services with MCH/FP services: A case study of the Mkomani Clinic Society in Mombasa, Kenya," Africa OR/TA Project II. Nairobi: Population Council.
Africa OR/TA Project II