Governor H.E. Hon Benjamin Cheboi EBS, has directed the county bursary committee and other donors to accord the children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS special consideration when vetting the applicants.
Orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) resulting from HIV/AIDS pandemic need to be loved and not stigmatized by ensuring that they don’t miss out in bursaries while those having companies should be assisted to get government tenders under the special category group so that they can lead fulfilling lives in the society.
He said this today during the launch of Baringo County HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan (BCASP 2015-2019) at Kenya School of Government, Kabarnet.
The plan that was jointly developed by the National Aids Control Council (NACC), The Global Fund and Baringo county Health department provides direction and leadership in response, effective prioritization and comprehensive interventions on fight against HIV/AIDS in the County.
The efforts are geared towards reducing HIV/AIDS new infections since the County's initial struggle has born fruits as the number has reduced from 560 new infections in 2012 to 131 in 2016 translating to 76% decrease.
The objective in the next five years is to reduce new infections by 75%, reduce HIV mortality by 25%, reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination by 50% and increase resource allocation to HIV/AIDS response by 50%.
Representing NACC Director Dr. Nduku Kilonzo was the Deputy Director Dr. Emmy Chesire who is also the county’s First Lady.
Present also were: Deputy Governor H.E. Hon. Mathew Tuitoek, County Secretary Stella Kereto, County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo, County Executive Committee Member in charge of Health Services Dr.Andrew Kwonyike, MCA Kapropita Ward and Chair County Assembly Health Committee Hon. Solomon Chemjor, County Commander Peter Ndung’u among other dignitaries.