International Workers’ Day or Labour Day is commemorated on 1 May to promote the rights of workers and to advocate for decent work worldwide. To mark the day in Kenya, SWHAP collaborated with the International Labour Organization, the Central Organization of Trade Unions Kenya (COTU-K), LVCT Health and Wema Kazini reaching 215 people with wellness and HIV testing during Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park in Nairobi. High testing uptake was achieved as a result of an awareness campaign that included a march from COTU-K headquarters to the park. Through the service provider, appropriate referrals were made for those testing positive for HIV or for those presenting with any other health issues. Additionally, demonstrations for both male and female condoms were conducted during sensitisation talks – in total 14 200 male condoms and 1 000 lubricants were distributed. Information was also shared on sexual networks and how they accelerate the spread of HIV.
Providing quick convenient access to HIV testing was an important initiative for SWHAP to support as HIV continues to be a major public health concern in Kenya with an estimated 1.6 million people living with the virus and a 5.9% prevalence rate amongst adults. HIV and AIDS are thus affecting many Kenyans in the most economically productive periods of their lives.
In Mozambique, the Steering Committee from Verde Azul Mozambique was on the streets of Maputo talking to the public about HIV transmission and prevention.