Amid the pandemic, the number of patients collecting antiretroviral medications from Kenyan health facilities has steeply declined.
Many patients register at facilities far from home to avoid stigma—making access even riskier in the time of COVID-19.
As WHO predicts that AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could double due to COVID-19-related health care disruptions, advocates are finding new ways to distribute ARVs:
- Early in the pandemic, a Kenya Medical Research Institute initiative enabled some facilities to supply patients with enough ARVs to last several months.
- The National Network of People Living with HIV is distributing supplies to patients who can’t reach clinics.