The Faith, Health Collaboration and Leadership Development Program (FHCLDP) is a multi-sector team-based model that builds partnerships among FBOs, HIV treatment programs, and civil society organizations to support sustainable, community-based HIV prevention and treatment services and to help people living with HIV remain in clinical treatment programs by offering coordinated community support services. The program was piloted in Nakuru County in 2014 with funding from the U.S. government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in a collaboration between St. Paul’s University (Limuru, Kenya) and IHP.
Religion has been used to justify HIV stigma and discrimination but it can also be an important source to challenge such stigma and discrimination. The FHCLDP equips local leaders from faith-based, psychosocial, and clinical programs with knowledge and tangible, measurable activities to fight stigma and increase support services for those living with HIV. With the success of the FHCLDP, IHP is already working to collaborate with other colleagues in Kenya to expand the program to two other Kenyan counties next year and lay the groundwork to replicate the program in other countries as well.