The goal of the Red Carpet Program (RCP) is to increase engagement and retention for Adolescents and Young People (AYP) 10-24 years old within HIV prevention, care and treatment services in Kenya.
RCP targets newly diagnosed AYP for early linkage, antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) initiation and retention in care and treatment and all the other AYP along the HIV treatment cascade with AYP responsive services.
RCP is implemented at facility and community levels through peer designed services aimed at reducing the barriers to the access to and utilization of HIV services by AYP.
RCP is anchored on fast-track access to services at health facilities through the VIP express card, which guarantees VIP access to all service entry points of HIV care and treatment to the AYP living with HIV (AYPLHIV).
The VIP services ensure that the AYPs receive HIV services in an environment that is valued, dignified, respected, non-judgmental, beneficial and timely.
In order to achieve the deliverables, the Red carpet program works closely with Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission to ensure the adolescents have the required social-structural support to enable them achieve viral suppression.