Team Leader

Pamela Kaithuru


New initiative (startup)

The Initiative is aimed at using rainfall and climate information to empower women Living with HIV in Homabay County to make informed choices on agriculture practices to improve their nutrition and therefore reduce HIV progression and enhance their psychological health. Whilst climate change has been identified as a significant factor impacting on the social| economic and environmental determinants of psychological health with the most severe consequences being felt by disadvantaged communities and vulnerable populations, the impacts of climate change, evidenced by rainfall patterns on the psychological health of
Women Living with HIV remains largely unexplored.

Yet empirical information that can be leveraged upon to inform policies and programs designed to decrease the psychological effects of climate change and consequently manage the psychological health burden of Women Living with HIV are urgently needed. The psychological health of People Living with HIV is an issue of growing concern among professionals in the field of HIV counseling and psychologists worldwide. People Living with HIV are more likely to develop psychological health problems such as depression, anxiety, suicidal behavior and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared with the general population.

Psychological health problems can increase the risk of HIV infection, increase the risk of onward transmission of HIV infection through risk behaviors, and affect PLHIV ability to manage a chronic illness, increase the disease progression, as well as affect their ability to care for themselves, which may eventually affect their physical health. It is even more challenging for the women living with HIV with the roles and responsibilities subscribed to this gender. The Initiative will empower the community of women living with HIV in Homabay County to use climate information to inform their agribased enterprises such as small scale farming, fishing and other businesses. This is in line with the Climate Information prize aim to help climate information users to articulate their needs, and developing mechanisms to respond to and learn from those needs within public and private climate sectors. The intervention is aimed at strengthened adaptive capacity of this vulnerable community of women who are poor and heavily burdened to provide for their families despite their life threatening condition of living with HIV and at risk of AIDS| as well as generating lessons for how climate information can be made more useful for such vulnerable communities who are many in a continent bearing the burden of taking care of three-quarters of people living with HIV globally a midst poverty and also use the Homabay case to document the implications of climate for governance and policy.

Target Counties: Homabay

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