The Alliance’s Linking Organisation in Kenya is KANCO, a national network of over 1,000 community based and non-governmental organisations which respond to HIV, AIDS and TB.
Kenya has a generalised HIV epidemic with an estimated adult prevalence of 6.3%. Key populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers and people who use drugs are at even higher risk of HIV infection: In 2009 sex workers and their clients accounted for 14% of all new HIV infections, while MSM and prisoners accounted for 15%.
KANCO works to provide leadership and promote collaboration in order to:
- build the capacity of its member organisations
- improve community responses to HIV
- create an enabling environment for the HIV and TB response through policy and advocacy work
KANCO provides institutional system strengthening for civil society organisations in order to build a strong civil society which can effectively support the HIV response in Kenya. This involves technical support in areas such as financial management, strategic planning and project management.
Another key focus is community systems strengthening to improve services for the general population, and key populations who are at higher risk of HIV and reduce stigma and discrimination.
- Advocates for better integration of the response to TB and HIV. KANCO’s advocacy work targets government at a local and national level to ensure that the two diseases are addressed using a common approach and that there are adequate funds to do this. You can read more about KANCO’s work to tackle TB in this case study.
- Is an implementing partner of the Alliance’s Community Action on Harm Reduction programme (CAHR). This has seen KANCO adopt a leading role in harm reduction within Kenya and regionally. Work focuses on Nairobi and coastal regions where HIV prevalence rates among people who inject drugs are high (best estimates show between 36-53%). This represents a major early step in curtailing the injecting-driven HIV epidemic in a country already hard hit by HIV. Find out more on about the project on the CAHR website.
- Hosts the Alliance’s Regional Technical Support Hub for East and Southern Africa. Find out more here.
- Is a sub-recipient of the Global Fund for work on all three of the diseases it targets: AIDS, TB and malaria.
- Works to integrate HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with a focus on MSM, and male and female sex workers.
KANCO was an implementing partner of a DFID funded project to reduce maternal mortality which reached over 100,000 people in Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia from 2010-11. It aimed to mobilise communities, change policy and improve referrals of HIV positive women. Read more here.
In 2011 KANCO:
- Provided 136 organisations with technical support
- Reached 104,989 people directly through services
- Reached 106 decision makers through advocacy
Read more about our achievements on our interactive map.