Research Protocol: Assessing a Human Rights-Based Approach to HIV in Kenya

Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, 2019

16 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2019

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Neil Sircar

Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education; Northern Pacific Global Health & Afya Bora Consortium

Tabitha G. Saoyo

Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network

Allan A. Maleche

Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network

Date Written: June 3, 2019

Abstract

Kenya is actively encouraging HIV testing and notification services in order to identify persons living with HIV and link them to treatment. Recently, Kenya and international supporters of its HIV program have sought to scale up these services through increased capacity and training. However, little is known about how this strategy has been implemented and is being sustained, particularly regarding the human rights of persons living with or at risk for HIV. This exploratory qualitative study seeks perspectives from health providers and populations at risk for HIV, including young women, men who have sex with men, sex workers, and injection drug users. Our primary data collection methods will be focus group discussions and in-depth interviews. We will transcribe and analyze data under a grounded theory approach to compare outputs from populations at risk for HIV with outputs from health providers. We will also apply a rights analysis to the data’s codes and themes to assess how effectively Kenya’s HIV strategy, policies, and practices adhere to a human rights-based approach. The results will support both rights realization among at-risk populations and the public health objectives for HIV testing and treatment.

Keywords: human rights, human rights-based approaches, MSM, sex workers, PWID, AGYW, HIV, public health

Suggested Citation

Sircar, Neil and Saoyo, Tabitha G. and Maleche, Allan A., Research Protocol: Assessing a Human Rights-Based Approach to HIV in Kenya (June 3, 2019). Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3426840

Neil Sircar (Contact Author)

Georgetown University - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law ( email )

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Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education ( email )

555 Mission Bay Boulevard South
San Francisco, CA 94158
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Northern Pacific Global Health & Afya Bora Consortium ( email )

Seattle, WA 98195
United States

Tabitha G. Saoyo

Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network

Kenya

Allan A. Maleche

Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network

Kenya

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