LVCT Health

Capability and Experience

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.

Our Core competencies

Generating evidence for programmes and policy action

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:

  • design of  small and large scale primary formative, operations and implementation research projects
  • literature reviews
  • data mining of programme and service delivery data
43 research studies and review

31 publications over 170 local and international conference presentations

Policy advocacy and technical support to government and partners

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:

  • engaging civil society partnerships in implementing advocacy agendas
  • providing technical and secretariat support through national and county level working groups to develop policies, standards and guidelines
  • multi-sector partner engagement and coordination
  • Including voices from communities to inform advocacy agendas
  • Support to county level structures for policy dissemination and implementation

Delivery of innovative programmes and quality services

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

  • development and implementation of innovative strategies for access to, linkage and retention in services to achieve HIV prevention and viral suppression
  • design and implementation of unique locally developed needs-based HIV prevention interventions for priority and key populations
  • support for scale up of evidence based interventions through civil society partners
  • support for scale up of HIV and related services through the public health system
  • implementation of quality improvement systems and processes
  • development of replicable best practice and tools for use by partners
  • utilisation of service delivery and programming data for decision making and technical support at national and county levels

Building provider, community and organisational technical and systems capacities

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

  • strengthening organisational financial, HR, and procurement systems and policies
  • strengthening organisational governance, including board development
  • capacity building in organisational leadership
  • building organisational technical capacities in health/HIV related areas
  • project management, monitoring, reporting, data management and utilization
  • supporting organisational sustainability including stakeholder relationships, proposal writing, strategic fundraising, grant management and accountability
  • development of organisational strategic plans
  • building capacities for effective advocacy
  • building community ownership
  • sub-granting and management of subcontracts
  • Over 65 local organisations have undergone the Timisha organisational capacity strengthening
  • South to South Technical support in 8 African countries
  • More than 7000 individuals have graduated from LVCT Training Institute

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:

  • delivering quality training and facilitation
  • curriculum development including custom curriculum’s tailored to identified need