Key and Affected Populations

KELIN works with key populations, which are groups of people who are 10-20 times more likely to become infected by HIV & TB than the rest of the population. These key populations include sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and people who use drugs. In Kenya there are laws, regulations, and policies in place that stringently restrict access to health and legal services for these groups.

KELIN is committed to achieving universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support, eradicating inequalities and ensuring dignity and human rights for key populations. We envision an environment where there is no hostility against same sex relationships, where a drug user can access clean needles without risking to be arrested; and where a sex worker doesn’t need to fear any violence from clients nor from the police. Not because all these rights are guaranteed and enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010, but because it is key if they are to realize their right to health

KELIN Staff working on Key and Affected Populations
Ted Wandera is the programme associate on on Key & Affected Populations at KELIN. He can be reached at: