Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects 2010/2011: Japanese Funded Four Road Side Wellness Center for Transportation Workers are Now in Operation in Kenya’s Main Corridor
||Japanese Funded Four Road Side Wellness Center for Transportation Workers are Now in Operation in Kenya’s Main Corridor
||18th April 2011
||Maahi Mahiu, Naivasha District, Rift Valley Province
||The project for the Establishment of Roadside Wellness Centers on Transportation Corridors in Kenya
- Mr. Yoichiro Yamada, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- Dr. Willis Akhwale ,Head, Department of Disease Prevention and Control Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation
- Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, Director NASCOP
- Robin Landis, Director North Star Alliance
- Local government representatives
- Representatives from International Organizations
- Area Residents
Totaling about 200 participants
||Mr. Yoichiro Yamada had commissioned Japan’s Grants Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project for the Establishment of Roadside Wellness Centers on Transportation Corridors in Kenya at Maai Mahiu, Naivasha District, Rift Valley.
In 2010 March, Nairobi based NGO, North Star Alliance received the GGP grant amounting to 5.8 million Kshs to purchase and refurbish four transportation containers into roadside wellness centers along the major transportation corridor at Burnt Forest, Maahi Mahiu and Namanga of Rift Valley province and at Emali of Eastern province. The center provides HIV/AIDS voluntary testing and counseling and primary medical care for the track drivers, commercial sex workers and area residents. In addition to four newly opened centers, the Alliance has three centers in operation in Kenya.
Mr. Yamada congratulated the Alliance for the timely and successful completion of project, adding that the North Star’s Wellness center program would surely be making great impact on the stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS disease among the transportation workers who are at high risk of HIV/AIDS infection.