Religious Innovation and Competition among Faith Based Groups and Health
Facilities in Western Kenya
The gist of the proposal is to study religious innovation and competition among faith
based groups and health facilities in Western Kenya, and in particular their impact on
HIV prevention and treatment among women and their partners. Western Kenya is of
significance because it falls in the lake region which posts high incidence and
prevalence of HIV and AIDS. Western Kenya is also home to a diverse religious
presence, including strong adherence to cultural practices such as widow inheritance.
Generally, in Africa, faith based organizations are a major health service provider.
The Behavior Model of Health Service Use will be applied to explore patient
satisfaction, social solidarity in the community and innovative strategies on
prevention and treatment of HIV. The research instruments will include
questionnaires, interview guides as well as focus group discussions. The data gathered
will be analyzed and a report written that focuses on what has been learnt and how
that informs the way ahead/forward.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Mary N. Getui, Religious Studies Department, Catholic
University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.