IMBAKO DEPARTMENT OF RESEARCH & POLICY CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS STUDY ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HIV SEROSTATUS AMONG WOMEN IN KENYA.
Under IMBAKO’s department of research and policy, Dr. Okech collaborated with colleagues from Winston Salem University; Dr. Onsomu (Research lead), University of North Carolina; Dr. Rosen & Dr. Duren-Winfield, the African Population & Health Research Center; Dr. Abuya, and University of South Carolina; Amber Simmons, on a study titled “Association between domestic violence and HIV Serostatus among married and formerly married women in Kenya.” The study found that Efforts by the government and women's groups to monitor and improve policies to reduce domestic violence, such as the Sexual Offences Act of 2006, are urgently needed to curb HIV, as are policies that seek to provide domestic violence counseling and treatment to married and formerly married women. The research to be published in the Healthcare for Women International journal (2015 in press) &(published online in October 2014) will also be published as a book chapter in: "Women’s Health in Africa;Issues, Challenges and Opportunities." It was also presented at the 2014 AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. By carrying out research, Imbako’s purpose is to build sustainable initiatives that engender the well-being of vulnerable populations; and provide a long-lasting impact that will influence public health policy. Honored toward this contributions and we plod on!