Dr. Reuben Kipkirui Rutto
DirectorDr. Reuben Kipkirui Rutto

AIDS Control, Gender & Disability Mainstreaming


The AIDS Control Unit unit is a key support unit within MMUST that is tasked with providing strategic information, conducting HIV related surveillance activities and conducting operational research. All this combined ensure that HIV programming in the health sector is evidence based.

The Section deals with the following important concepts in the fields of public health, social justice, and policy development

  1. AIDS Control: AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). AIDS control refers to the efforts and strategies put in place to prevent the spread of HIV and to provide care, support, and treatment to those who are affected by HIV/AIDS. This involves various initiatives such as education and awareness campaigns, access to HIV testing and counseling, distribution of condoms, antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV, and programs to reduce stigma and discrimination.

  2. Gender Mainstreaming: Gender mainstreaming is a strategy used to ensure that the perspectives and concerns of both women and men are integrated into all stages of policy and program development, implementation, and evaluation. It aims to promote gender equality and address the different needs, roles, and experiences of women and men. Gender mainstreaming goes beyond just considering gender issues; it involves actively working to eliminate gender-based discrimination and promoting gender equity across all sectors of society.

  3. Disability Mainstreaming: Disability mainstreaming is a similar concept to gender mainstreaming, but it focuses on integrating the perspectives and needs of people with disabilities into all aspects of policies, programs, and services. It aims to create an inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities can fully participate in all areas of life, including education, employment, healthcare, and social activities. Disability mainstreaming involves removing barriers and providing accommodations to ensure equal opportunities and rights for people with disabilities.

Combining these concepts can lead to more effective and inclusive approaches in public health programs and policies. For example, in the context of AIDS control, gender and disability mainstreaming could involve tailoring HIV prevention and treatment strategies to the specific needs of different genders and people with disabilities, ensuring that they have equal access to information, services, and support. This comprehensive approach acknowledges the intersectionality of various identities and needs and aims to address them in a holistic manner.

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