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First Kenya Women's HIV Prevention Symposium

GCM’s Pauline Irungu was a lead organizer of the First Kenya Women’s HIV Prevention Symposium, held at the Panari Hotel in Nairobi from 31 August to 1 September.

During the event, Kenya’s first women’s HIV prevention champion was commissioned. She is Sharon Mina Olago, who co-starred as Violet in the MTV drama series Shuga.   


The Symposium was co-hosted by GCM and the National AIDS Control Council and was supported in part by the International Partnership for Microbicides.  Co-sponsors included Action Aid Kenya, Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO), Liverpool VCT, German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the UN team (UNDP, UNAIDS, UNIFEM, UNFPA), and the Centre for HIV Prevention and Research of the University of Nairobi (CHIVPR).  The forum focused on identifying what needs to be done to ensure that HIV-prevention programmes meet the needs of women, who make up the majority of people living with HIV in Kenya.


During the meeting, HIV-service and women’s organisations, community members, government representatives, researchers, donors, and other stakeholders discussed and made recommendations aimed at helping Kenyan women protect themselves against HIV.

“This symposium is about putting women first.  It marks an important milestone in Kenya’s response to the HIV pandemic. It recognizes that women bear the greatest burden when it comes to HIV,” said Yasmin Halima, director of Global Campaign. “We are delighted to be co-hosts—with civil society, community groups, and government partners—of what we hope will become the premier annual forum for women’s HIV prevention in Kenya.”


More information about the First Kenya Women’s HIV Prevention Symposium:

Read the GCM summary report.  

Read the report published by the National AIDS Control Council.

Read the press release

See photos.