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HIV and Reproductive Health Education in Kenya

The team in front of Nyumbani Children’s Home
The team in front of Nyumbani Children’s Home

From August 13 – 31 I was stationed in Nairobi, Kenya as part of a 10-student team to teach HIV-positive adolescents about HIV and reproductive health in conjunction with Benfra Clinical Internships. The team was led by Susan Gold who developed the teaching curriculum through a Fulbright grant.

The team’s base was at the Y.M.C.A in Nairobi, a grand hostel by both Kenyan and American standards. The facility boasted an outdoor pool, veranda, barbershop, grill, and gym, though internet, electricity, and hot water were never reliable. Our days typically went from 8am – 3pm and consisted of clinical tours, meetings, field visits, and teaching sessions. At the end of each day, we all congregated on the veranda and drank Fanta and Stoney Tangawizi until dinner, which was consistently a medley of beef stew, steamed veggies, potatoes, rice, and chicken or fish fillets. Outside of work, we enjoyed bartering at the Maasai Market, dining at local eateries, and even went on a three-day safari through the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Unfortunately, due to violence on the coast and the mall shooting last year, we restricted our whereabouts to remain transparent.

Home visit with a rural nurse midwife from K.A.R.I.K.A

Home visit with a rural nurse midwife from K.A.R.I.K.A

Each student brought and left two 50 lb suitcases filled with donations

Each student brought and left two 50 lb suitcases filled with donations

We ate a lot of chicken and mukimo

We ate a lot of chicken and mukimo

Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

No more food poisoning!

No more food poisoning!

Safari vehicle at sunset in the Maasai Mara

Safari vehicle at sunset in the Maasai Mara

Safari selfie

Safari selfie

Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

Elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

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