Kenya - Civil Society Organization Development and Capacity building for effective HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment

Health services, work places and families in Kenya continue to face the challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Civil Society Organizations have an important role to play in spearheading community response against HIV & AIDS. This role is acknowledged and stipulated in the global and country level multi-sectoral Strategic frameworks.

Various good practices have been identified in HIV & AIDS specific health, humanitarian and development work since the discovery of the first AIDS case. Application of these practices requires certain levels of organizational and programming competences. The role of civil society in health is to advocate, facilitate and empower communities to manage their health and gain access to healthcare. Civil society has been recognized to play a key role in providing and optimizing health services, mobilizing and organizing health promotion campaigns and messages, representing public interests for policy setting, promoting equity in resource mobilization and allocation, and monitoring the quality of care and responsiveness of health services. Civil Society organizations (CSOs) can, and do mobilise, empower and support communities to respond effectively to the HIV & AIDS epidemic. CSOs are represented at all levels of decision making in the multi-sectoral structures of HIV & AIDS implementation frameworks of One agreed HIV and AIDS Action framework, One national HIV and AIDS coordinating Authority, One agreed country level monitoring and evaluation mechanism.

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UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
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Civil society
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Health sector

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