APHIA PLUS was a five-year USAID-funded project that started in 2011. APHIA PLUS is commonly abbreviated as A+ and in full stands for: A-Aids; P-Population; H-Health; I-Integrated; A-Assistance; P-People led, people owned; L-Leadership in all structures; U-Universal access to services; S-Sustainability. The project is dedicated to working with the marginalized, poor and underserved groups to improve their well-being in economic security, food and nutrition, education, and water, Sanitation and Hygiene initiatives. The project is implemented in a consortium of four Partners: PATH, EGPAF, JHPIEGO, World Vision Kenya.
Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) has been a sub-awardee in this project, specifically mandated to provide care and support services to 5102 targeted OVC. AMURT is a local implementing partner for APHIAplus Western Kenya, project covering Rarieda district in Siaya County, Mbita & Rachuonyo South in Homa Bay County of the larger Nyanza province. The project works towards providing care and support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children while addressing social determinants of health focusing on existing community structures and household approaches. Service delivery is carried out by community health workers aligned to the MOPH roll out of GOK community strategy.