Henry: 2018 Central Graduate

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Henry is a 47-year-old father of five. He joined the CARE for AIDS program at Central Baptist Church in 2017 after being fired from his job as a waiter at a hotel in Kisumu Town. Complications and opportunistic infection related to his HIV status made him too weak to work, and he was struggling to make ends meet. When he joined the program, he told Ann, the center’s Health Counselor, that he had been experiencing searing pain in one of his legs since 2007, and the pain was becoming unbearable. Ann immediately took Henry to a local hospital to get his leg checked, and he was prescribed a medication that helped ease his pain. Ann guided Henry through the process of enrolling in the Kenyan National Hospital Insurance Fund, and now he is able to regularly visit the doctor and receive prescription medication without fear of bankrupting his family. Henry graduated in March of 2018 and is thriving. He now sells produce at a small kiosk in town and is able to make enough money to support his children.