THIS REPORT IS BASED ON THE ACTIVITIES THAT WERE CARRIED OUT AT THE MOMBASA PROCESSION THAT OCCURRED ON THE 1ST OF DECEMBER 2017 TO DEPICT THE WORLD AIDS DAY 2017.
THIS REPORT IS MEANT FOR – HOYMAS KENYA.
DATE PREPARED – 2ND DECEMBER 2017.
PURPOSE OF REPORT _ TO DEPICT THE HAPPENINGS THAT OCCURRED AT THE WORLD AIDS DAY PROCESSION IN MOMBASA.
REPORT PREPARED BY – KEVIN OKONJI.
Hoymas Kenya was invited by ICH to go represent itself at the world aids day procession in Mombasa Kenya that was to occur on the 1st of December 2017, and this is an event that always happens every year.
This year’s theme was about PREP awareness so we had to go and ensure that we get to educate the community about the usefulness of prep depicting all its advantages in the elimination of new HIV infections.
We had a banner prepared for the event and various fliers as well and not forgetting t shirts that we had to wear during the event so as to totally create awareness of PREP.
Me and three other members of the hoymas team embarked on the journey to Mombasa on the 30th of November 2017 at about 10 am via the modern bus company and arrived in Mombasa at about 10 pm and settled in our accommodation in nyali as we arranged all the necessary items required for the early morning event.
The team included Kevin okonji, Felix otieno, john kamau and Nicolas kioko.
The event was supposed to start at 9am so we embarked on our journey to jomvu at 7am coz the procession was scheduled to start fro there.
We got there in time ready for the procession with our t-shirts on, banners unrolled and fliers on our hands we had to wait for the chief , sub chief and the Kenya police to reach so as to ensure the event was well represented by the Kenya government.
The people from the media were also present to record the days event.
Different members from other different organizations were also present for the colorful event not forgetting a band that was playing good music so as to attract attention from all the onlookers and passersby’s.
As soon as the members from the government appeared we began the procession to miritini which was about a 4 km walk as we danced and gave out fliers and talked to everyone we met about the goodness of PREP and its ability to prevent HIV.
We got to miritini after a long sunny walk but throughout the journey bottled water was also provided to people in the procession not forgetting t-shirts and umbrellas to carter for the hot sunny weather.
Once we got to miritini people were allocated to seats that were already placed under tents , then we were given speeches from various members of the government and community as others were advised to go for voluntary HIV tests in alongside tents and the ones found negative were advised to take PREP and if they were ready they were provided with such.
The event ended at 6pm in the evening.
The event reached a lot of people and made them aware of the usefulness of PREP and its ability to curb new infections.
Many people were able to get to know about their status.
People from the key population also got to know where to access services if they are not comfortable accessing services in the public sector coz of stigma.