Evolution of HIV Training for Enhanced Care Provision in Kenya: Challenges and Opportunities

  • MC Maritim
  • CF Otieno
  • EO Omonge
  • GN Lule


Background: Healthcare worker capacity building efforts over the past decade have resulted in decentralisation of HIV prevention, care and treatment services
Objective: To provide an overview of the evolution of HIV training in Kenya, from 2003 to date
Data sources: Various Government of Kenya publications, policy documents and websites on training for HIV service delivery. Publications and websites of stakeholders, donors and partners as well. Journal articles, published peer reviewed literature, abstracts, websites and programme reports related to training for HIV treatment in Kenya and the region. Personal experiences of the authors who are trainers by mandate.
Data selection: Data related to training for HIV treatment in Kenya and the region on websites and publications were scrutinised.
Data extraction: All selected articles were read.
Data synthesis: All the collected data together with the authors’  experiences were used for this publication.
Conclusion: Accelerated in-service capacity building efforts have contributed to the success of decentralisation of HIV services. Pre-service HIV training provides an opportunity for sustaining the gains made so far, in the face of declining donor funds. Implementation of the proposed harmonized HIV curriculum in the setting of devolved healthcare provides an opportunity for partnerships between stakeholders involved in pre-service and in-service HIV training to ensure sustainability.

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