Categories of teachers resulting from hiv stigmatization in kenya kenepote
3RD NATIONAL PEER EDUCATORS
TOPIC: CATEGORIES OF
TEACHERS RESULTING FROM
THEME:STIGMA - LET’S ACT NOW
KICC NAIROBI- KENYA
Stigmatization faced by HIV positive teachers in Kenya is a
reflection of stigma in the society. Both PEER and
PSYCHO-SOCIAL by support groups of KENEPOTE is
very crucial for the infected teacher. While systems that
work either directly or indirectly expect normal
performance from the HIV positive teacher, many HIV
positive teachers still need internal and external support
level to challenge the various stigmas that cross their path.
PEER EFFECT ON THE TEACHERS IN
• Teachers in schools who are HIV positive and belong to KENEPOTE
tend to have improved quality of life, and are more productive.
• The affected teacher who in many instances carries the burden of the
infected and needs to understand the effects of stigma
• Learners in learning institutions tend to identify with teachers who
are open about their status and seek support from them
• Parents also consult HIV positive teachers on matters of health.
• Affected teachers and the community also seek the counsel of HIV
Therefore, this paper will focus on:
HIV AND AIDS
Background of KENEPOTE
(KENEPOTE) is an acronym for Kenya Network of
HIV positive teachers with 51 psycho-social support
groups spread in the country. It has been in
existence since 2004 and has a membership of
about 4000. From sick leave, absenteeism and ex-
gratia among others, it is estimated that 11,000 out
the 240,000 teachers in Kenya could be HIV
The vision of KENEPOTE is to
reduce stigma and
discrimination so that the HIV
positive teacher and their
OVCS can access to care
and support for an improved
quality of life .
Governance and structure
• ADVOCACY-media, meetings &
• PEER EDUCATION AND
• GROUP THERAPY / PSYCHO-
• NETWORKING WITH PLWHS
• COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION
• NEGOTIATING WITH POLICY
CATEGORIES OF TEACHERS
RESULTING FROM HIV STIGMA
• Connected teachers who benefit from cherry
picking by donors/partners
• Attend similar numerous workshops but do not
share or give support new members.
• Those who have gone public, lack support are
lonely and teach in areas where stigma is very high
some have died as a result of stigma.
Categories of teachers contd.
• Teachers who have been supported but are quiet because
of not wanting to be seen to be controversial, they are
enjoying comfort zones and have kept to themselves.
(KENEPOTE respects this)
• Those who are in denial, but know their status
• Are in other support groups however, would wish to take a
back seat for personal reasons. (family, church,
• Maybe KENEPOTE does not have much to offer
Categories of teachers contd.
• Those who are oblivious of their status, do
not want to know ,are not interested in HIV
may pretend to be have practiced
stigmatization, ignore any conversation
bordering / regarding HIV and AIDS.
• Those who are not HIV positive and remain
very supportive to those who are HIV positive.
• HIV programs which are pegged on deadlines,
availability of office, staff or a drop in centre and
report writing, while they are not willing to
support this directly. This may not be very
practical for teachers in view of the mean score
• Some partners are only willing to support a
section of the members in accordance with their
mandates which perpetuates stigma while in fact
all members are HIV positive.
What are the results
• (FMS) Founder Member syndrome ,which in my
view is worse the HIV stigmatization.
• Stagnation of the organization
• Champions who with or without support are moving
on may have been stigmatized in the larger group
of fellow HIV positive teachers, changed their
Leadership is ultimately about everything I do
A CUT ABOVE NOT BELOW
In overcoming HIV stigma at
TANGIBLE SUPPORT FROM PARTNERS.
• Health Policy Initiative (HPI) -Support to support groups in North
Rift and Nyanza and reviewing of KENEPOTES constitution.
• Launch of stories of Courage and Hope during World Aids Day 2007.
• Filming of Courage and Hope of 4 Teachers from Nairobi,
Kisumu and Eldoret-Kenya through Partnership for Child
Development, Baney Media and the World bank.
• Support from TSC management and the ministry of Education
• The Significant number of those who know
their status who are yet to join not a support
• Meaningful involvement of HIV positive
• Stigma and Discrimination.
HOW CAN WE SUSTAIN KENEPOTE’S
KENEPOTE’S leadership in stigma reduction in NINE PROVINCES at the workplace
by maximizing and utilizing
available peer support which must be authentically driven by what we
BELIEVE in and
CARE for most .
Way forward for KENEPOTE
OF PEERS LIVING
OF HIV POSITIVE
• Peer support can reduces HIV
• Each organization must act now by
genuinely supporting Networks of
PLWHA allocating specific budgets
for HIV in the workplace for a
sustainable peer support
TREASURER - KENEPOTE,
TEACHERS SERVICE COMMISSION
AIDS CONTROL UNIT,
BAZAAR BUILDING-3RD FLOOR,
BIASHARA STREET JUNCTION,