Catholic Relief Services and Jhpiego's Work in Kenya
Jhpiego and CRS partnered on a project in Nairobi, Kenya, where more than one million children have been orphaned by AIDS-related illnesses and 6.1% of the adult population is living with HIV, along with 200,000 children living with HIV. The CRS and Jhpiego project, called Support and Assistance to Indigenous Implementing Agencies (SAIDIA), was part of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in the country.
The grant focused on caring for people living with HIV and mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS on affected communities. CRS was responsible for technical leadership in palliative care, basic care and support, care for orphans and vulnerable children, health systems strengthening, abstinence and being-faithful programming, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS; Jhpiego acted in a supportive function by checking data and patient records for quality assurance. Jhpiego was aware of and abided by CRS policy that all activities within the SAIDIA grant be implemented in line with Church teaching.
Every CRS partnership is carefully vetted on a case-by-case basis. If there is reason to question a partnership, the process involves our staff and board and consultation with moral theologians. We will continue this practice including with respect to the partnership with Jhpiego. The money we provide to our partners can only be used for programs in line with Church teaching. CRS money is not used to fund programs inconsistent with Catholic teaching.