[PHOTOS] Activists protest over lack of ARVs in hospitals

In Summary

• They decried lack of ARVs in hospitals which is a cause of pain and suffering to the affected.

• The National Aids Control Council CEO, Ruth Masha, said the committee convened by the NACC held a series of meetings with US representatives where all outstanding issues were resolved.

HIV/AIDS activists during a peaceful demonstration from Uhuru Park to the Ministry of Health headquarters, Afya House, Upperhill.
HIV/AIDS activists during a peaceful demonstration from Uhuru Park to the Ministry of Health headquarters, Afya House, Upperhill.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Activists and persons living with HIV on Wednesday held a peaceful demonstration from Uhuru Park to the Ministry of Health headquarters at Afya House in Upper Hill.

They decried lack of ARVs in hospitals which is a cause of pain and suffering to the affected.

Protesters Morris Were, Levi Knowles and Josephine Odhiambo.
Protesters Morris Were, Levi Knowles and Josephine Odhiambo.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

They are calling for action from the CS Health Mutahi Kagwe to save the situation.

However, Kenya and the United States have resolved the stalemate on ARVs.

In a statement on Wednesday, the National Aids Control Council CEO Ruth Masha said the committee convened by the NACC held a series of meetings with US representatives where all outstanding issues were resolved.

HIV/Aids activists during a peaceful demonstration from Uhuru Park to the Ministry of Health headquarters, Afya House Upperhill.
HIV/Aids activists during a peaceful demonstration from Uhuru Park to the Ministry of Health headquarters, Afya House Upperhill.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

This comes even as ARVs consignment that arrived into the country in January continues to be held at the Mombasa port.

"The resolutions include the signing of a framework and implementation letter to facilitate tax and fee waivers, and distribution of age USAID purchased commodities," Masha said in a statement on Wednesday.

"These commodities are now cleared and ready for distribution."

Masha appreciated the long standing partnership with the US government and said Kenya will continue to work with all stakeholders to address gaps and challenges in the HIV response including the issues affecting the commodities supply chain.

"The council looks forward to continued access to safer and efface-us drugs by people lining with HIV and the resumption of dispensation of multiple months supply of ARV drugs as guided by differentiated service delivery model developed by NASCOP," she added.