LVCT Health is a national Kenyan organisation in existence since 1998. LVCT Health has built a unique capacity in implementation of a Research-Policy-Practice model that facilitates generation and utilization of evidence from research and practice to inform national policies, programmes and strengthen health systems for an effective HIV response in Kenya and beyond. As one of the largest non-government provider of HIV testing and counselling in Kenya, LVCT Health supports government and partners to scale up access, quality and coverage of HIV, sexual and reproductive and related health services and programmes; undertakes advocacy and provides technical support for development of national and international standards and guidelines; develops provider and organisational capacities. Our unique capabilities include innovative strategies for reaching populations at increased vulnerability and risk of HIV infection including discordant couples, young women, survivors of sexual and gender based violence, sex workers and men who have sex with men; and building capacities of local organisations through training and re-granting support.
Our more than 300 staff possess a diverse range of expertise and experience in our focus areas. In addition we collaborate with key institutions and highly skilled consultants locally and internationally. Our presence is primarily in Kenya with technical support and capacity building in other sub–Saharan African countries. We enjoy recognition by stakeholders for our value addition, ability to consistently deliver results and improve quality.
LVCT Health generates and utilises evidence from research and piloting of programmes and services to inform national policies and programmes. We seek to better understand the needs, challenges and strengths of the communities that we serve by undertaking research to answer the questions who is vulnerable or at risk of HIV? What works? For whom? Under what circumstances? In what contexts? At what cost? Why?
Our research competencies are in:
31 publications over 170 local and international conference presentations
Evidence informed policy advocacy is part of our planning, monitoring and evaluation. We work within the national policies and priorities whilst maintaining the independence to undertake advocacy. Our strengths lie in the ability to adapt to internal and external changes in order to undertake effective advocacy and technical support. Our competencies include:
LVCT Health delivers integrated HIV services directly and provides TA and capacity building for service delivery through the government and partners. Evidence utilisation, integration, continuous quality improvement, partnerships and local/community ownership underpin all our programmes and services. Our competencies include
As a learning organisation, LVCT Health’s capacity has been built through organisational development experiences and a broad range of partnerships with national and international stakeholders. LVCT Health utilises its expertise and growth experiences to build capacities of organisations in Kenya and the sub-Sahara region through our robust and replicable Timisha model (Timisha is Kiswahili for to fulfil) based on the WHO and other health and community systems strengthening frameworks. Timisha includes organisational, financial and technical capacity building with requisite sub-granting.
Areas of capacity building competencies include
The LVCT Training Institute contributes to building the human resources for health in Kenya through Diploma and Certificate level courses targeted at implementing organisations, workplaces, community providers and health care workers since 2001. The Institute is registered by Ministry of Education, and accredited by NASCOP and the Kenya Counselling Association. Our competencies include: