Description of Innovation

Households in remote and underserved areas in western Kenya face the highest burden of HIV and infant mortality in the country, yet lack access to health information and products that can help alleviate these conditions. Nearly half (47%) of families in the Western province lack access to improved water supplies and 66% lack adequate sanitation. In addition, women affected by HIV in the province often face stigma and lack economic security.

SWAP operates Jamii centers, which serve as a one-stop shop for quality health products and information. Centers are staffed by Community Health Promoters drawn from HIV support groups in the area and trained on a range of topics including safe water, primary health care, and behavioral change techniques to promote positive health behaviors in the community. The Community Health Promoters also conduct door-to-door sales of health and hygiene products. SWAP’s model is designed to improve both disease prevention and socio-economic empowerment of the target population. 

Founded in 2005, SWAP operates five Jamii centers across Kenya’s Western Province, serving over 30,000 households and 150,000 individuals through their door-to-door health promotions and products. SWAP plans scale up to 18 Jamii centers by 2017.