Health at Home Kenya

Partnership Objective

Health at Home/Kenya is a groundbreaking collective-action initiative coordinated by Global Business Coalition (GBC) Health that is providing home-based HIV/AIDS testing and counseling for hundreds of thousands of people in western Kenya.

The use of simple technology such as GPS systems and cell phones brings health care directly to people’s homes rather than requiring them to go to a hospital or clinic – often a hardship for those without reliable transportation. The use of simple technology such as GPS systems and cell phones brings health care directly to people’s homes rather than requiring them to go to a hospital or clinic – often a hardship for those without reliable transportation. Copyright Abbott Fund

What are the health needs and challenges?

As many as 70% of Kenyans do not know their HIV status. Research performed in both Africa and the U.S. shows that awareness of HIV status greatly reduces risk behaviors. Testing people before they are obviously ill and before they have infected their partners will prevent thousands of individuals from becoming HIV-positive in the first place.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Health at Home/Kenya is an initiative coordinated by Global Business Coalition (GBC) that is providing home-based HIV/AIDS testing for children into the homes of millions of Kenyans in a remote region with difficult access to health care. In addition to testing for HIV, they also screen for tuberculosis and chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, treat children for intestinal worms, deliver treated bed nets to prevent malaria, and provide nutritional counseling. Household Counselling and Testing (HCT) workers enroll every individual in each community and register them in AMPATH medical database. Enrollment into the program consists of gathering information on each person in every household, including health and demographic details and GPS location information, and assigning each individual a unique identifier. 

On-the-ground implementation of Health at Home Kenya is being managed by the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), based in Eldoret, Kenya, working closely with the Kenyan government and PEPFAR.

This two-year initiative is supported by PEPFAR and GBC member companies. The initiative is being brought to scale by industry competitors working side-by-side in common cause - serving as a model to be replicated in other AIDS endemic regions of the world.

To date, 99% of households in communities reached by the Health at Home/Kenya Impact Initiative have welcomed HIV counselors inside their homes and 97% have agreed to be tested. More than 9,200 people have been found to be HIV positive and directly connected to treatment programs on the spot. Among pregnant women who test HIV positive, 77% were newly identified, and are now in PMTCT (prevention of maternal to child transmission) services and able to prevent transmission to their unborn babies.

Initially focused on HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, AMPATH soon recognized the urgent need for comprehensive responses to chronic health problems in Africa. Today the group uses its learnings in ongoing programs that provide sustainable support for Kenyans with diabetes and other conditions that require ongoing management, care and support.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) Abbott, Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), Accenture, Deutsche Post (DHL), Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis & Malaria, Premier Medical Corporation, SAB Miller, Standard Bank, US President´s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, NGOs, Other Business

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Infectious Diseases

Disease(s) Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - mHealth, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Elderly, Health professionals, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, Mothers, Patients in needs of treatment, People with low income, Women

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Kenya

Start Date 2009

More information Health at Home

Anticipated completion date Ongoing