PS Kimtai hosts Sierra Leone delegation on study tour to establish HIV/TB stigma court

Principal Secretary Medical Services, Harry Kimtai Wednesday welcomed a delegation from Sierra Leone which is on a study tour aimed at establishing an HIV/TB anti-stigma court.

The delegation from Sierra Leone includes judiciary officials, parliamentary representatives, and technical experts, who are engaging in a comprehensive study tour from June 16 to June 23, 2024.

PS Kimtai said the visit aims to share Kenya’s successful strategies in combating HIV and TB-related stigma and discrimination.

He stressed the need for legal frameworks in protecting human rights and promoting social justice, underscoring Kenya’s commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS issues beyond medical and public health interventions.

Kenya’s strategies include the establishment of HIV and AIDS Tribunal under the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 2006.

The tribunal plays a crucial role in adjudicating cases of discrimination against individuals living with HIV/AIDS, ensuring their rights are upheld under the law.

Despite Kenya’s progress, stigma remains a challenge.

The Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2022 indicated that 24% of women and 17% of men aged 15-49 held discriminatory attitudes toward people living with HIV.

Moreover, 43% of people living with HIV reported experiencing stigma in community settings.

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