Publications

HIV & AIDS Behaviour Change Communications Change Strategy 2011 - 2014 Read more

This BCC Toolkit addresses the HIV and AIDS crosscutting issues of gender inequalities, legal and human rights violations, harmful norms and cultural practices, stigma and discrimination alongside providing accurate information on HIV and AIDS including services and commodities. Read more

This BCC Toolkit addresses the HIV and AIDS crosscutting issues of gender inequalities, legal and human rights violations, harmful norms and cultural practices, stigma and discrimination alongside providing accurate information on HIV and AIDS including services and commodities. The toolkit, which was developed through a consultative process based on training needs assessment of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) partner agencies, AMREF Maanisha Project Implementing teams, BCC practitioners from partner HIV and AIDS programmes and literature review of existing BCC documents, targets all change agents working in HIV and AIDS programmes for purposes of reducing new HIV infections and improving care and support to persons living with HIV and their families. Read more

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has made tremendous gains in improving its health outcomes with several countries on track to meet the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The overall health improvements have increased life expectancy, reduced child mortality and reduced maternal deaths. CSOs have been a key contributor to the improved health outcomes and have been at the forefront in addressing SSA’s health challenges. Read more

Community Unit Functionality Scorecard

Published: 20 August 2013 Stuart

In early 2012, the project encountered challenges in tracking and managing functionality of the large number of community units (more than 100) that it was supporting. This is a common challenge because in many areas of the country, community units have been established, but without a common standard for moving them towards functionality. As a result, the project team (in consultation with the local DHMT, PHMT and USAID) identified fundamental ingredients necessary to attain basic functionality of community units and used these to develop a Functionality Scorecard. The Functionality Scorecard has proven to be a valuable management tool in managing performance, resource allocation, and decision making by the APHIAplus Nuru ya Bonde project team when managing a large number of community units. Read more

AMREF BOMA Health Delivery Model

Published: 20 August 2013 Stuart

An Innovative Approach to Delivering Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services to Semi-Nomadic Communities in Hard-To-Reach Regions Read more

Grass root Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the communities they work in are key players in the delivery of health services, as they have unique advantages in advocacy, demand creation and linkage of communities to services. However, their inadequate involvement in the formal health system continues to weigh down effective responses to priority health challenges including HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and maternal and child health, as revealed by assessments conducted by the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) in Kenya in 2005 and 2008 in Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western and Eastern provinces. Read more

Implementing HIV Interventions with a community lens

Published: 20 August 2013 Stuart

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have been on the front line in the fight against HIV in Kenya ever since the official declaration of HIV as a national disaster back in 1999. While their crucial role in reversing trends in HIV prevalence as well as mitigating its adverse impact on the target population is unquestionable, there is still scanty research on how these organisations have empowered the beneficiaries to take charge of their own life and demand for services from duty bearers. This exploratory study commissioned by the AMREF Maanisha programme attempts to consolidate practical project experiences in terms of how the intervention has enhanced community voices across the targeted populations. Read more