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HIV is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Kenya. Lifesaving antiretroviral treatment is available but needs trained personnel and a strong physical and staffing infrastructure to deliver and ensure high quality clinical outcomes.
The Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases was co-founded by the Coptic Hospital and Mission and the University of Washington TREE program in 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya. It has since expanded to 5 sites across the country in the Nairobi and Kisumu Counties through a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of TREE is to help Coptic continue to grow and increase its HIV services and impact on the community in Kenya.
TREE has been assisting the Coptic Hope Center through support in grants management, program reporting, clinical care, and data management. Clinical support includes mentorship of Hope Center clinical officers, technical input on medical protocols, guidelines and algorithms, and academic resources for learning teaching and practice. Currently, technical expertise is being provided on clinical care, programmatic reporting, and development of its research program.