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Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases

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The Challenge

Kenya’s Ministry of Health has provided antiretroviral therapy (ART) to those living with HIV since XXXX. However, many health facilities struggle to build the capacity, infrastructure and resources to support other aspects of health for HIV-infected individuals, including primary care, cancer screening, and other ancillary care.

Project Goals

TREE provides technical assistance in the areas of clinical HIV care, fiscal management, and monitoring and evaluation to the Coptic Hope Centers for Infectious Diseases, a group of HIV treatment clinics.
TREE helped establish the clinics in collaboration with the Coptic Christian Mission in 2004. At the Hope Center, TREE operates complementary programs to provide clients with cervical cancer screening, medical support, and supplemental care.  These programs are supported by TREE’s Tumaini Project which works to raise funds for indigent people living with HIV/AIDS.  Many UW medical students, residents, and fellows have rotated through the Hope Center and learned how HIV care and treatment is practiced in Kenya.

Our Approach

TREE assists the Coptic Hospital in the delivery of care at the Hope Center through support in grants management, program reporting, clinical care, and data management. Clinical support includes mentorship of Hope Center clinical officers, technical input on medical protocols, guidelines and algorithms, and academic resources for learning teaching and practice.  One hour teaching sessions are conducted weekly at the Ngong Hope Center and include case conferences, Q&A sessions, lectures, and journal club meetings. Sessions are broadcast over the internet to include live participation by the Hope Centers in Industrial Area and Maseno.