LVCT Health

Policy Advocacy

The core LVCT Health’s aim is to create a conducive environment by engaging in policy advocacy in order to increase access to quality and comprehensive HIV and SGBV services by the target populations.

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 at national and international levels.

Our strengths lies in the ability to adapt to internal and external changes in order to undertake effective advocacy and technical support. LVCT Health is often called upon to provide input to international guidelines in our programmatic areas. 

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
  • Harnessing and including voices from communities to inform advocacy agendas

County and community level policy advocacy

We support counties in implementation of national policies and re(formulation) of county level policies that are relevant to increasing quality and access to HIV and SGBV services. We disseminate policies developed at national level and support counties to develop and operationalize implementation plans. A continuous process of learning counties’ dynamics and utilizing available county data, we advocate for implementation of need responsive interventions by counties.  

Our advocacy at county level focuses on addressing bottlenecks that affect access to health services. Stigma and discrimination towards vulnerable populations continue to be a major impediment to HIV and SGBV services access. The result has been high new HIV infections amongst the affected populations, low knowledge to HIV status, poor adherence to care and treatment and low viral suppression.

We strengthen the policy advocacy capacities of vulnerable individuals and community organizations to make their voices heard by key decision makers. We undertake trainings and link the vulnerable individuals and organizations to forums where their voices can be heard. The groups are supported to identify gaps and formulate policy agendas reinforced by evidence.

Some of our key achievements include:

  • Contribution of content in policy documents re(formulation) – WHO Testing and Treatment guidelines, National HIV Testing Guidelines (2016), Guidelines on the use of Antiretroviral drugs for treatment and prevention (especially the PrEP section), Kenya HIV and AIDS strategic Framework, HIV Prevention Revolution Roadmap, HIV testing quality management curriculum, Framework for Public Private Engagement for Antiretroviral therapy, Training manual for health service providers on provision of PRC services to survivors of sexual violence; Community health extension workers (CHEWs) curriculum, CHEWs manual and CHEWs facilitators guide, Community Health Volunteers (CHV) curriculum, CHV distance and M-learning curriculum;
  • GBV HIV online Hub
  • Supporting the establishment and providing technical assistance in Technical Working Groups (TWGs)

Partnerships

We value partnerships and we believe that through working with like-minded and strategic partners, we can achieve joint learning, programme synergies and greater impact. LVCT Health endeavors to identify and partner with community members, community organisations, counties, research and implementing partners and donors.

We have continued to ensure that there is meaningful involvement of our stakeholders throughout each project life-cycle. We have involved our beneficiaries in research, design, implementation and evaluation of programmes – because their feedback is invaluable to us.

We endeavour to share our lessons learnt and best practices while benefiting from other reputable institutions in the field of HIV and SGBV.