What is PrEP, Who Should Use it, How to Use it, where to get in Kenya

unes154PrEP in Kenya:

 HIV prevalence in Kenya is relatively high. According to the UNAIDS, there are 1.5 million persons in Kenya living with the HIV virus and 400,000 of them are not aware they are infected.

This means a lot more are at risk of contracting the virus and it is therefore very necessary that people get tested to know their status.Knowing one’s status is beneficial for both HIV negative and positive individuals.

Knowing you are HIV positive will put you in a position to start treatment and adopt interventions to prolong life.

Knowing you are HIV negative also places you in a better position to adopt preventative measures that will minimize chances of acquiring the virus.One way of reducing chances of getting infected with the HIV virus is through taking PrEP medicine.

PrEP is short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.Roll out of PrEP in Kenya only began in May (2017); making it the second country in Africa to adopt use of PrEP outside of research.Hence, there is a lot of misinformation about PrEPs, what they do, who should use them, how to use them.

PrEP medicine prevents HIV from copying itself in the body once one has been exposed. Therefore, it is only effective when used by HIV negative individuals.

PrEP is especially beneficial for HIV negative people with a high risk of contracting HIV AIDS; such as HIV negative individuals in sexual relationships with HIV positive partners.PrEP is also beneficial for drug users with a high risk of contracting the HIV from sharing needles.

PrEP pills should be taken every day; one pill a day. The medicine is effective after at least one week of use.

According to UNAIDS, the success rate for PrEP in preventing acquisition of the HIV virus from sex is 90 percent. Success rate in preventing HIV acquisition from drug use is 70 percent.

PrEP does not substitute the benefits of using other preventive measures, such as the use of condoms. In the same breath, it is worth noting PrEP medicine does not prevent other STDs.

Research has shown that long-term use of PrEP does not have harmful effects. Some users may however experience mild side effects such as nausea.

PrEP medicine is readily available in most pharmacies around the country.

UNES took part in the UON Annual Tree Planting Day at Prof. Wangari Maathai Institute, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science held on the April 6, 2018

UNES took part in the UON Annual Tree Planting Day as a special event as it embraces Corporate Social Responsibility that strives to take care of the environment, neighboring community and other stakeholders through Environmental Sustainability Initiative. UNES is committed to Environmental Protection and Conservation that is encompassed in all its actions abiding by the rule of law in line with the Environmental Management and Coordination Act.

The event was collaboratively consolidated by University of Nairobi as an Annual Tree Planting Day that saw over 10,000 Tree Seedlings Planted between April 3 – 6, 2018. It was climaxed on April 6, 2018, when 6,500 trees were planted at Wangari Maathai Campus at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences.

The occasion was graced by the Chief Guest, Prof. Japheth Ntiba, the Permanent Secretary for Higher Education, Ministry of Education. Among the guest were Dr. Vijoo Ratansi, Chancellor UoN, Prof. Peter F. Mbithi, Vice Chancellor UoN who both paid tribute to the late Wangari Maathai and hailed her for the exemplary plight that she displayed over the years in conserving the environment. Prof. Kiama Principle CAVS and other Unit Heads were also present.

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The UNES & UON Staff Sensitization on the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal (PPADA) Act, 2015 held Tuesday 27th March, 2018 at The Executive Boardroom, Kolobot Drive

The UNES Staff and Management were sensitized on the (PPADA Act, 2015) to lubricate the smooth running of the operation processes and to understand and fully apply the PPADA Act, 2015 with a focus on the customer service and delivery while taking into account emerging market trend and issues.

The Public Procurement has evolved from a crude system with no regulations to an orderly legally regulated procurement system. Prior to enactment of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015 to give effect to Article 227 of the Constitution, public procurement was governed by various legislation, which included the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005 and Regulations 2006, operational manuals and circulars.

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Inception meeting between Kenya Water Tower Agency, University of Nairobi (UON) & UNES held on Monday,12th March, 2018 at Executive Boardroom, Kolobot Drive

The Inception meeting was held 12th March, 2018 to deliberate on the provision of the Professional Consultancy Services on the development of Policy and Legal Framework for the Kenya Water Towers Agency Project. it was hosted by  University of Nairobi and UNES with representative from the Kenya Water Towers Agency. Read more

UNES Consultancy in partnership with the Heart Center Conducted ECHO for LIFE Training Programme to the Doctors from Different Hospitals held on 5th-9th March 2018 at the Executive Boardroom, Kolobot Drive Nairobi

UNES Consultancy in partnership with Heart Center conducted ECHO for LIFE Training Programme to the Doctors from different Hospitals across the Regions. Echocardiography is a non-invasive imaging techniques used in the diagnosis of diseases of cardiac structure and function. The technique is invaluable in the management of patients with heart disease, yet there are less than 20 well trained echo cardiographers in Kenya serving a population of over 45million. The purpose of the course is to increase the number of cardiographers in Kenya and efficiently improve the care of cardiac patients in the country.

The key topical areas covered were: Principle and physics of echocardiography, normal cardiac anatomy, and examination; M-Mode and 2-D echocardiography; Echo assessment systolic and diastolic function, basic and advanced haemodynamics; assessment of valvular and pericardial diseases; assessment of hypertensive/coronary heart disease and heart failure and finally the Echo data interpretation and report writing.

The Program was delivered through lucrative and enriching methodologies encompassing discussions, Lectures, presentations and Video demonstration.

The Training ran from 5th-9th March, 2018 at the Executive Boardroom, Kolobot Drive Nairobi.

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UNES Participates in the National Project Launch Workshop held on February 2, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi

UNES participated in the joint workshop jointly organized by ERC and UN Environment to launch the global project “Integrating Electric 2 & 3 Wheelers into Existing Urban Transport Modes in Developing and Transitional Countries.” This is a project in which ERC has been nominated by the UN Environment to implement and is set to be completed in 2019. The project is supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and it is anticipated that it will support the shift to electric 2 & 3 wheelers in developing countries and will encompass activities in several countries including Kenya. UNES is looking forward to entering into a contractual agreement with ERC as part of the implementing partners.

Presentations and discussions on implementing the global project and national activities under the project have been held during today’s project launch workshop. The UNES team led by Prof. James Nyang’aya, Prof.-Ing Ayub Gitau, Robert Mathenge and Stanley Ngache also made its presentation on “Overview of Motorization and Emissions in Kenya”. This was because UNES has previously implemented two related projects. First being a Pilot Project on the Global Fuel Economy Initiative in Kenya in 2013 and second, the Development of a Fuel Labelling and Feebate Program for Motor Vehicles in Kenya in 2015.

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UNES Organized a Staff Wellness Day as part of staff empowerment. The event took place at UNES Head Offices located at Kolobot Drive. The Wellness Day encompassed various Medical Tests including Dental, BMI, Optical,VCT and Blood Pressure. Its was organized in conjunction with our strategic partners that included: Minet Insurance Brokers, University Health Services (UHS), M-DOC Health Care Services and Optician Paradise Eye Care Ltd.

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UNES Participating in the 8th UON Open Day held on 1st-3rd February, 2018 at the Great Court, University of Nairobi Grounds

UNES participated in the 8th UON Open Day held on January 1st -3rd,2018. This provided a platform as a way of promoting the UNES Enterprises in upholding the corporate image and enabling face to face interactions with the external stakeholders. UNES has over the past participated in the annual Open Days as a way of connecting to the external stakeholders in tandem with the UON in showcasing products and services.

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A delegation from the Indian Oil Company (IOCL) and Indian High Commission to Kenya meet with the University of Nairobi under the auspice of DVC Academics. The Meeting was organized By High Commission of India (HCI) at the Council Chambers, University of Nairobi on Friday, November 17, 2017. It was part of networking and linkage to see how best University of Nairobi Faculty and Students of Petroleum Engineering can tap and gain hands on experience both locally and in India especially the Indian Oil Company. It was a prime opportunity for UNES represented by Head of Consultancy to explore other opportunities in terms of partnerships, research and extension as well as capacity building.

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