Research Article: Leveraging peer-based support to facilitate HIV care in Kenya

Date Published: July 14, 2017

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): Rakhi Karwa, Mercy Maina, Timothy Mercer, Benson Njuguna, Juddy Wachira, Celia Ngetich, Fatma Some, Beatrice Jakait, Regina K. Owino, Adrian Gardner, Sonak Pastakia

Abstract: Rakhi Karwa and colleagues discuss a program in which peer navigators support care for people with HIV at a Kenyan hospital.

Partial Text: To our knowledge, this is the first paper in the literature to describe an inpatient HIV peer navigator program in SSA. Hospitalized patients with HIV infection are a particularly vulnerable patient population, many of whom are characterized as lost to follow-up. An inpatient peer navigator intervention may provide them with the opportunity and support to reengage in the healthcare system and receive life-saving ART and other treatments. The program description, operational steps taken, challenges faced, and lessons learned may serve as a roadmap for hospitals and HIV care programs in other resource-limited settings.



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