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The Alliance expands in Africa

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APR
2009

Aids Alliance

KANCO (the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium) was welcomed into the International HIV/AIDS Alliance as a linking organisation at the CO/LO Directors’ meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica in March.

IPC (L’Initiative Privée et Communautaire contre le VIH/SIDA) of Burkina Faso was accredited to the Alliance at the same meeting.

Established in 1990, KANCO has a national membership network of 960 community organisations, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organisations responding to HIV and AIDS in Kenya.

KANCO provides its members with capacity building support and grants. It also acts as an information-sharing and learning body by increasing access to training, technical resources and support.

KANCO sits on national policy and coordination forums working with policy makers and ministries to increase access to HIV and AIDS services. Through its five regional centres, the Consortium enables civil society organisations to take part in advocacy campaigns.

IPC was created in 1994. In recent years it has built a reputation as a leader in the provision of technical and financial support for community-based HIV interventions, while also influencing national policies. IPC has supported more than two hundred organisations in Burkina Faso and given more than five hundred grants.

Since 2007, IPC has been carrying out a programme to build community participation in HIV treatment adherence, with technical support from the Alliance and financial support from the Mac AIDS Foundation. Last year nearly four thousand people were reached by treatment messages and more than two thousand received food support.

Four organisations have now been accredited: the China country office, the UK-based secretariat, KHANA (Cambodia) and IPC. Each has met 38 standards designed to guarantee quality across the Alliance.