Huduma Poa HIV testing and counseling training.

KMET last week conducted an HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) training for providers whose facilities are within the Huduma Poa franchise.
The main aim was to train participants who were drawn from 12 different counties on how to use and interpret results on the new HIV test kits before the current ones are completely faced out.
A number of cases have been reported of clients being given inconsistent results with regard to their HIV status a situation which has prompted the government to opt for new test kits which are time crucial and easier to interpret results.
Caren Omiya a lab technician, who was also a facilitator, said the new test kits are expected to reduce erroneous results given to clients hence improve on efficiency of testing services.
The peak of the training was during the practicum session at Kisumu District Hospital and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital where one of the participants managed to counsel and test a street boy who after knowing his status decided to go back home.
Kisumu District Medical laboratory technologist, Samuel Onjoro, who was also a facilitator, stressed on the need for providers to practice ethics in counseling and testing clients for good results to be realized.
  Health Communication and Marketing Coordinator Amos Onderi urged providers to implement the lessons learnt during training to offer quality services.
Amos also informed the providers that the current HIV test kits are still in use until the new ones are supplied to facilities hence clients should not be turned away because of lack of new test kits.
In her remarks during the closure of training, KMET Executive Director, Monica Oguttu stressed to providers to record and manage data on HIV properly since data is the only indicator of progress.
She also called on the providers to improve on HIV counseling and testing services in antenatal clinics due to the low outcomes as indicated in such clinics.
Monica finally challenged the providers to go back, train others in the facilities and deliver quality services.

Participants taking DBS samples during the post test.

Participants taking DBS samples during the post test.

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