Community health volunteers (CHVs) in Nyamira County have been assured by Ms. Susan Mochache, principal secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Health (MoH), that they will begin receiving a regular stipend through the donor funding the ministry receives.

While presiding over the Nyamira Declaration, Ms. Mochache provided this assurance about halting the triple threat effect of early teenage pregnancy, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence (GBV), whose increase rate in the nation is alarming.

She noted that because CHVs were the primary caregivers in preventing the triple threat effect on our teenagers, they play a crucial role in our communities and villages.

This is because they directly interact with these teenagers when they are conducting their day-to-day daily home visits to assess the well-being of vulnerable people in various homesteads.

“Our Government is carrying a heavy financial burden in sustaining those persons living with HIV/AIDS by providing them with free medication on a disease which is preventable. The reason we want to support our CHVs and motivate them to help curb our teenagers from the triple effect which is becoming economically unviable for the government,” the PS remarked.

She urged parents to keep track of their kids’ whereabouts because the present is risky and to make an effort to meet their basic needs so that they won’t be seduced by men who want to sexually exploit them and leave them facing a variety of difficulties for the rest of their lives.

“There also has been an increase of sodomy incidents on our boys and unless parents take up their parental role seriously, and have candid discussions on the dangers of not disclosing abuse done on them, they could just be suffering in silence without anyone to share their anguish with and later depressed and may resort to using and abuse of drugs and other addictive substances and even lifestyles,” Ms. Mochache said.

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The PS reassured the CHVs that Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe had directed that all funds donated to the ministry by donors would be given to them as stipends to recognize their work and inspire them in their volunteer service in disease prevention in different communities because they subsequently save lives.