LVCT Health

Innovations and Recognitions

Adolescents and Youth Program

LVCT Health has a robust youth program, one2oneTM established in 2006 Established in 2006, LVCT Health’s award winning that offers HIV, SRH and GBV information and services to adolescents and youth. We focus specifically on those with greater vulnerability to HIV infection and offer prevention programs and care services. In partnership with UNICEF, LVCT health has taken leadership in programming for Most at Risk Adolescents (MARA) in Kenya. We conducted a situational analysis study in 2015 on service needs for this population. We are currently providing a comprehensive package of care to this population with an aim of scaling the model to national level through NASCOP. We employ peer-led approaches to improve identification, linkage, retention and viral suppression among adolescents.

The DREAMS program integrates social protection for vulnerable girls within HIV and SRH programming and has enrolled 30,000 adolescent girls and young women in three counties of Kenya. We provide services in slums and informal settlements targeting vulnerable girls and boys by providing them with comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment and economic empowerment programs. The program provides social asset building, cash transfers and education subsidies within a combination prevention package of services aimed at reducing HIV and SRH risks and vulnerabilities.

To build girls’ agency for self-advocacy, LVCT Health has supported adolescent girls and women led organizations and groups at the grassroot level through organizational systems strengthening trainings and mentorship. We also support Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) in 6 counties made of adolescents and young people who elevate young people’s voices in various county and national fora. They are linked to and work closely with adolescent technical working groups at the county level. We also mentor girls and young women as PrEP champions to reach out to their peers with HIV prevention messages.

LVCT Health’s Integrated Digital Platform (OIDP) is a peer-led, multi-platform safe space designed to respond to SRH, HIV and GBV information needs for adolescents and youth by providing accurate, confidential and credible information and referrals through a toll-free hotline – 1190, Short Messages Services (SMS), digital platforms that appeal to adolescents and young people (Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram). Over the years, one2oneTM Integrated Digital Platform has grown to be the preferred information and service linkage platform of choice in Kenya reaching over 3.4 million adolescents and young people annually through social media platforms with over 40,000 calls being received every year and over 6,000 young people being linked to SRH, HIV and GBV services through a robust country-wide referral network. The platform supports confidential virtual and peer-led support groups and chat-rooms for various groups of adolescents including adolescents living with HIV, County-based Youth Advisory Councils and young people trained as Champions for certain causes e.g. PrEP. Discussions in these virtual groups are regulated by peers, and questions that need technical answers are addressed by trained counsellors.

Awards:

Runner Up, 4th World Summit Youth Award, UN 2011 – one2one Facebook page and one2one youth hotline. This is a worldwide contest for the best e‐contents from young producers taking action on the MDGs. LVCT was selected by a global panel of judges from over 700 submissions from 99 countries entered into the contest.

In 2011, the Youth Programme won a national award in the Innovation category during the World AIDS Vaccine Day, organised by “I Choose Life Africa (ICL)”, Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative (KAVI) and the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise.