Collaborations in University Health Services

I Choose Life Africa


I Choose Life – Africa is one of the leading Non-Governmental Organizations that has contributed greatly to HIV prevention efforts among the youth in Kenya today. The NGO was incepted in 2002 with an objective of contributing to the reduction of HIV prevalence and susceptibility to infections among the youth in institutions of higher learning. After a successful first year at the University of Nairobi in 2003, the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) recommended ICL to all Kenyan universities.  Since then, the program has successfully expanded to over 24 institutions (tertiary institutions and high schools) across six provinces in Kenya. 

ICL’s vision is to see ‘an AIDS free Africa.’ Its goal is to contribute to the Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan to reduce HIV, improve the quality of life of those infected and affected and mitigate the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS. ICL’s mission is to create a movement of caring communities among students that make responsible and informed choices with regards to Life and HIV/AIDS through prevention, care and support and mitigation of socio-economic impact.

The ICL program has been able to positively use peer education for behavior change among university students. Three reports have been published on the impact and effectiveness of its work at Kenyatta University, Maseno University and the University of Nairobi. The organization has specifically initiated youth programs aimed at promoting the uptake of Counseling and Testing (CT) services among the students, increasing HIV/AIDS knowledge, changing youth norms, attitudes and risk perceptions.

To date, ICL program activities have been achieved through Development Partnerships with agencies such as Futures Group Europe, NavPartners-Sweden, USAID, Swedish Cooperative Centre, UNFPA, Family Health International, ACTS among others.

A number of ICL staff sit on national, provincial and district decision making committees, which include the National Youth Behavior Change Communication Strategy development Steering committee; the national Technical committee on Provider Initiated Testing and Counseling Rapid Results Initiative (PITC RRI); the national Joint AIDS Peer Review Committee; the Health NGOs Network; and the Behavior Change Communication Nyanza Steering Committee.

In the year 2013 ICL will move from just focusing on HIV AIDS programs to general Health programs as well.


Link: I Choose Life Africa

National Ads Contol Council


The National AIDS Control Council (NACC) was established under Section 3 of the State Corporations Act Cap 446 through the National AIDS Control Council Order, 1999 published vide Legal Notice No. 170 of 1999.  NACC is a non-commercial organization whose mission is to:

“Provide policy and a Strategic framework for mobilizing and coordinating resources for the prevention of HIV transmission and provision of care and support to the infected and affected people in Kenya”

Vision: “An HIV free Society in Kenya”

Objectives:

  • · Provision of policy and a strategic framework
  • · Mobilization and coordination of resources
  • · Prevention of HIV transmission
  • Care and support for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS

This NACC mandate is recognized worldwide within the “three ones” principles namely:

  1. One agreed HIV and AIDS Action Framework that provides the basis for coordinating the work of all partners.
  2. One National AIDS Coordinating Authority with a broad based multi-sectoral mandate.
  3. One agreed country-level Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system.

Since its inception, NACC has had some notable achievements which include: the coordinating development and implementation of the Kenya National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plans (KNASP I, KNASP II and KNASP III); the development of policies on key areas including orphans and vulnerable children; mainstreaming gender into the Kenya National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (KNASP) and engaging with key sectoral ministries to mainstream HIV and AIDS in the context of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) budget process.

To this end, NACC has four main objectives stipulated in the current Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan (KNASP III) 2009/10-2012/13 that are:

  1. Number of new infections reduced by at least 50%
  2. AIDS-related mortality reduced by 25%.
  3. HIV-related morbidity reduced.
  4. Socio-economic impact of HIV reduced at household and community level.

Link: National ADS Contol Council