Success Story – September, 2016
In the month of September, NEPHAK initiated the activities aimed at improving the capacity of civil society organizations working to reduce the spread and impact of HIV, TB and Malaria in Vihiga County. The activities are part of the Community Systems Strengthening (CSS) project being supported by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria through AMREF Health in Africa Kenya. The activities started with a mapping of CSOs and capacity assessment to gauge the capacity levels of local CSOs. Under this grant, NEPHAK and partner CSOs in Vihiga are expected to establish and build the capacity of an all-inclusive County CSOs Network.
On a related development, NEPHAK initiated the activities under the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) grant that is supported through the Kenya Red Cross Society. With the goal of contributing to the achievement of the Kenya Vision 2030 through universal access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care, the activities were initiated in Kakamega County. The objectives of the initiative are:
Reduce new HIV infections among children by 90% through promotion of PMTCT and MNCH services in 3 high HIV burden counties.
Reduce AIDS related mortality by 25% through provision of care and support to PLHIV in 3 high HIV burden counties.
Facilitate community systems strengthening among local structures and CSOs, including Key Population and PLHIV networks in 3 high HIV burden counties.
Under this grant, NEPHAK will also be establishing a Drop-In-Centre for key affected populations including sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs in the county. Another strong arm of the project is the provision of comprehensive HIV and sexual reproductive health and rights of adolescent and young people.
HIV prevention initiatives NEPHAK also continued with the development of a new strategic plan which started with an all-inclusive analysis of the organizations strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) and PESTEL which, generated results that will inform the next strategic plan. The aim is to ensure that the next NEPHAK Strategic Plan is aligned to global and national policies. This will be NEPHAK’s 4th Strategic Plan and is based on the report of the end term review of the networks 3rd strategic plan that was supported by the UNFPA – Kenya.
The emerging NEPHAK Strategic Plan IV shall take cognizance of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3); Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10); Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (SDG 5); Health Justice and Human Rights (SDG 16) and; Partnerships (SDG 17). See: http://www.biovision.ch/en/news/agenda-2030/
In addition, the new NEPHAK Strategic Plan shall demonstrate alignment and linkage with the social pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030 and seek to align with the 90.90.90 global targets and the Fast Track plan to end AIDS by 2030 as provided for in the Kenya AIDS Strategic Framework (KASF) and the Kenya HIV Prevention Revolution Roadmap. Based on the consultative meeting, the next NEPHAK strategic plan has prioritized populations: Adolescents and young people living with HIV (A/YPLHIV) and; key affected populations living with HIV; as well as conditions and diseases related with HIV: Tuberculosis; STIs and; other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NEPHAK has also prioritizing MNCH, SRHR, including family planning.