Non-communicable diseases (NCD) and those living with HIV. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are the world’s biggest killers.
Despite the aforementioned, the prevention and control of NCDs gets inadequate attention particularly at the village levels where the double burden of NCD is being experienced. VICOCAP improves the livelihood of persons aged 50 years and above through awareness creation and prevention on non-communicable diseases. Among the key activities conducted include advocating for livelihood and protection for the old people, Establishment of psycho-social support groups and establishment of friendly income generating activities for old people.
On HIV, the organization works on stigma and discrimination by family and community members to people living with HIV. Other areas include training (PLWHIV) on the importance of coming together by forming peer groups to support each other in regards to health advice. The HIV beneficiaries are encouraged to take National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Covers for ease access to health service.
The high level of poverty caused by unemployment and lack of income generating activities in Kibera slum has resulted into increase in new HIV infections among adolescent and married people. During the monthly peer meetings, the NGO conducts a lot of sensitization, counselling and information sharing on the HIV infection rates in the informal settlement. The beneficiaries are supported by VICOCAP to start nutrition based income generating activities that assures them both income and food at the same time. This IGAs have enabled them adhere to ARVs uptake without any challenges as they have access to food which is a key element in medicine uptake.
Community Health volunteers (CHVs) play a vital role in ensuring clients adhere to ARVs uptake and conducts monthly home visitation for follow-ups and referrals. The NGO collaborates with Constituency AIDS Control Council (CACC) and other stakeholders working in Kibera slum for synergy and reduction in duplication of service.
The immediate need of the program includes: