Home Based Care

To run this Programme, WOI works in partnership with the Omega Foundation who have over 10 years’ experience in implementing comprehensive care and support projects for people affected by and living with HIV/AIDS in Nyando and Kisumu Districts. Over the past year 2043 individuals have benefited from the Home Based Care Project

Home-based care is a holistic, collaborative effort between the hospital, the family of the patient, and the community to enhance the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) and their families. It is comprehensive care across the continuum of care from the health facility through to community/home level. It encompasses clinical care, nursing care, counselling and psycho-spiritual care, and social support.[1]

Through Home Based Care we aim to increase access to basic health services for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by bringing services closer to them or giving clear referrals to appropriate services.

 

 Our Home based care entails the following activities;

  • Counselling and training of PLWAs on how to live positively and the benefits of positive living
  • Provision of HBC kits
  • Psychosocial support to PLWAs and their carers in home settings
  • Referral to other relevant services such as health centres, income generating opportunities, legal redress and support groups
  • Nutritional support by providing food and seeds to establish kitchen gardens
  • Training of Community Health Workers on best practices of delivering  Home Based Care

The advantages of Home Based Care include its accessibility, availability and affordability. For instance instead of PLWAs or their carers traveling long distances for care, the care is now delivered in their homes. This has in turn increased uptake of treatment hence more PLWAs are living longer positive lives.

Since its inception, this project has resulted into numerous positive benefits for the livelihood of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and the community at large.  These include;

  • Improved health of PLWAs due to increased uptake of care and treatment
  • Longer and improved quality of life for PWLAs hence reducing the likelihood of orphans
  • Nutritional support and other basic health care services
  • Reduced instances of ill health and malnutrition among PWLAs
  • Increased economic productivity among PWLAs
  • Increased awareness of HIV/AIDS; how it is spread, means of prevention, positive living
  • Reduced instances of stigma and discrimination because people are more aware of HIV/AIDS

[1]National Home-Based Care Programme and Service Guidelines- Kenya 2002