We organize "micro-clinics" to provide HIV testing and counseling, social solidarity, skills training and Internet access, through which local people work together to preserve community health.
Mfangano Island is home to over 19,000 people of Suba and Luo descent and suffers one of the worst HIV/AIDS concentrations in the world. Of the 200,000 people in the world who still speak Suba, nearly 30% are HIV-positive. Combined with poverty, disease has forced these island communities to make dangerous changes to their environment. OHR micro-clinics provide the organization and resources, administered by local Kenyans, to empower these remote villages to turn the tide against HIV.
A solar-powered Internet center encourages residents to know their HIV status, providing cover and incentive for testing. An island-wide network of micro-clinics gives treatment support, organic nutrition and skills training to people living with HIV
OHR will save thousands of lives on Mfangano, showing other islands around Lake Victoria the power of responding organically - as unified communities - to the socio-economic, biological, and environmental challenges brought on by HIV/AIDS
"'I worked as assistant chief from 1968-1988 I'm not a young man. But I will work like a young one on this project because I know it will make something great for all of Mfangano." - Charles Kasera (speaking in Suba), Boat-maker and retired assistant chief of Mfangano
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