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 Maseno AIDS Control Unit does it again


Maseno University AIDS Control Unit Coordinator, Olympia Jelagat Okal (Left) handing over the trophy to the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Dominic Makawiti (Right) in the Vice-Chancellor’s Board room.

The Aids Control Unit (ACU) of Maseno University recently won another award during the conference on Total War against AIDS in Machakos organized by the National AIDS Control Council. The award was for the exemplary performance on HIV and AIDS mainstreaming in the public sector.

This award follows the APHIA-Plus Silver Award the Unit won for another exemplary performance in Comprehensive Work Place Program (CWPP) for the year 2012-2013.

During an event to present the trophy to the Vice-Chancellor, the ACU staff explored various strategies of fighting HIV and AIDS pandemic not only within Maseno University but also in the society as a whole. This would serve as a better way of curbing the spread of the HIV virus.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Domonic Makawiti advised the ACU staff to counsel students and staff against behaviors such as excessive alcohol consumption and drug and substance abuse which lead people to indulge in unprotected sex hence being vulnerable to infection by the HIV virus.

Staff at Maseno University Aids Control Unit with the trophy in the Vice-Chancellor’s Board room.  From left Godwin Komora, Mercy Auma, Dr. Louisa Ndunyo, Olympia Jelagat Okal, Everlyn Mactain and Catherine Magero.

Noting that there are more people dying from cancer than HIV and AIDS, the Vice-Chancellor challenged the Unit to also initiate efforts of encouraging many people to go for cancer testing.

The ACU Coordinator Olympia Jelagat Okal said that the Unit will formulate strategies to curb rising cases of cancer among students and staff.  “We are going to work together with the University’s guidance and counseling department in order to be able to fight some of these behaviors which might lead to the spread of HIV and AIDS and cancer. We also hope to train more peer counselors who will be able to counsel and advice the affected people well,” observed Olympia.

The ACU team that participated in the activities that won the award included Olympia Jelagat Okal, Dr. Louisa Ndunyo Godwin Komora, Mercy Auma,  Everlyn Mactain, Rosemary Mbugua, Betha Omanje and Catherine Magero.T