This report describes a project undertaken in Kenya by the Population Council, in collaboration with PATH and Kendu Adventist Hospital, whose objectives were: 1) to design and implement educational strategies to raise awareness of the risks of HIV and early marriage; 2) to promote voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for couples; and 3) to support and empower newly married girls through community-based clubs. The report notes that the strong technical support and leadership provided by the partners led to successful implementation of most project activities. The partnership enabled scarce resources to be shared, and has ensured that the comparative advantages of each partner has been effectively utilized. Recommendations for continued success include: providing transport subsidies to facilitate use of the services; identifying additional community leaders, other than religious and civic leaders, to form a critical mass of leaders advocating for couples VCT and against early marriage among adolescent girls; and expanding and strengthening volunteer involvement.
Ochieng, Ben and Annabel Erulkar. 2008. "Highlighting marital HIV risk and promoting premarital VCT in Nyanza Province, Kenya," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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