CarePack® - IPD Statistics
From September 16-22nd, 2008, Vestergaard Frandsen together with its partners set out to prove that an integrated campaign could provide a basic CarePack® of preventive medical interventions as encouragement for adults aged 15-49 to participate in a voluntary HIV counselling and testing campaign. The goal was to test more than 80% of the target population in a short span of time.
The CarePack® contained a PermaNet® long-lasting, insecticide-treated bednet, LifeStraw® water purifier and condoms for the prevention of the three most deadly diseases ─ malaria, diarrhoeal disease and HIV respectively. The CarePack® was distributed at 30 counselling and testing sites in the Lurambi Division of western Kenya.
The campaign, called the Integrated Prevention Demonstration, achieved all of these goals in just seven days, and became the world’s largest private-sector, HIV counselling and testing campaign. It is expected to become a replicable disease prevention model for other countries in Africa.
Total Number of People Participating (9/16-22, 2008)
The IPD reached 80.2% of the target group: 41,040 of the sexually active population out of an estimated 51,178 people.
This is important because it shows that the IPD approach can be utilized to help governments meet their national goals of having at least 80% of their adult populations (within the sexually active age range of 15-49 years) know their status by the year 2010.
Age and Gender of Participants
The campaign had a goal of testing the sexually active population ─ people 15-49 years of age. The results showed that 88% of the population tested was within this age range.
More than 17,000 adult men participated in the campaign. This is a very significant achievement since adult men have proven to be a very difficult group to reach in HIV counselling and testing campaigns.
Total HIV Positives
There were total 2,016 (including age group > 50) people who tested positive for HIV.
Of this total number, 1,834 persons were within the sexually reproductive age group (aged 15-49).
HIV Positives by Gender
Out of the entire population of people tested for HIV, the percentage of males and females who tested positive was:
3 % Male
7 % Female
This reflects the results of the KAIS 2007 survey. The HIV prevalence rate is much higher among females.
HIV Positives by Age
Out of the entire pool of people testing HIV Positive, the age breakdown is as follows:
17% 15-24 year olds
74% 25-49 year olds
9% 50 year olds
Out of the entire population of people tested, the breakdown of those who tested positive by age group was:
2 % 15-24 year olds
9% 24-49 year olds
3% 50 year olds
Prevalence in the sexually reproductive age group 15-49 was 6% of all people tested.
This also reflects findings of the KAIS 2007 survey. Most of the infections are residing within 25-49 year old adults. This may be due to longer cumulative exposure risk.
For more information please contact Peter Cleary, Communications and PR Director, Vestergaard Frandsen, at email@example.com; or 212-984-1026 (office), 347-653-5857 (mobile).
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