HIV and Reproductive Health Education in Kenya
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.