LVCT Health Training Institute is dedicated to building a sustainable health workforce and bridging the gap in human resource and capacities for community HIV and health services in Kenya.
Registered by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology in 2011 to provide diploma courses, the institute is also accredited by Kenya Counseling and Psychologist Association (KCPA) and NASCOP to provide HIV and Counseling related courses.
Last year, 1,758 health were trained using LVCT Health and national curricula. The institute also supported development up of Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) examinations for diploma in Counseling, trained Muslim clerics from the coastal region on counseling peer education on HIV and drug abuse amongst the youth; and organized a leadership training targeting women leaders from Eastern and Southern Africa with support from UN Women.
Having trained 75% of all HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) personnel in Kenya and 90% of HTC supervisors, the Institute is home for those aspiring to further their careers in HTC and related fields.
Kenya experiences a severe shortage of health workers, averaging only 1.3 health workers for 1,000 persons, 43% below the World Health Organization benchmark of 2.3. Key challenges include inability to attract and retain health workers, especially in the public sector, performance management issues, and diminishing productivity.
The shortage is compounded by several factors that include inability to attract and retain health workers; performance management and productivity issues; unequal distribution of health workers; and migration of health workers to other countries.
What we do
The cited challenges affect delivery of quality health services. LVCT Health is determined to bridge the gap by increasing number of counselors and community health extension workers. Since inception in 2001, LVCT Training Institute has trained over 10,000 health workers including more than 75% of all HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) personnel in the country and 90% of HIV Testing and Counseling supervisors.
The LVCT Training Institute is registered by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (2011) to provide Diploma related; Academic, Technical, Industrial and Vocational Trainings courses. It is also accredited by Kenya Counseling and Psychologist Association (KCPA) and NASCOP to provide HIV, Reproductive and Counseling related courses.