Deputy Commander Kenya Army Major General Thomas Chepkuto makes his address during the official opening of the Kenya Army Senior Commander’s HIV conference at International Peace Support Training Centre, Karen on 26 June 2019.
Kenya Army Medical Corps (KAMC) in partnership with the US Medical Research Department Kenya (USAMRD-K) successfully conducted a two days KA Commanders’ HIV-AIDS conference on 26th and 27th June 2019 at IPSTC Karen. The conference was aimed at bolstering commanders’ involvement at different levels in the KA, to achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 treatment target by 2020. This is where 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% people with diagnosed HIV infection receive care and treatment and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy achieve viral suppression
During his opening remarks, Deputy Commander Kenya Army, Major General Thomas Chepkuto underscored the gains achieved through the Kenya Army-US Army partnership in sustaining a healthy and capable workforce in the Kenya Army. He however emphasized that this war must not be burdened on the medic only. “HIV/AIDS support programmes will be part of every Commander’s score card and performance contract. Be innovative and change your tactics to sustain and scale up prevention, care and treatment services in your formations.” He added.
Among the key topics covered included; the law and HIV, alcohol and substance dependence in HIV and Operation Triple Zero (OTZ) that focuses on scourge control amongst adolescents and young adults. Also of major concern was how best to deploy infected and affected personnel to deep and close operations, not forgetting family therapy.
The seminar culminated with the participants being provided with HIV Oral Self-Test kits that would facilitate testing at one’s own convenience. The kits would be made available across the country at the various Medical Reception Stations, Regional Comprehensive Care Centers as well as at Defence Forces Memorial Hospital.