On 27 November, 2014 the National Key Population Dissemination Forum was held in Kenya. The forum was mainly held as a result of dissemination of the Access to Care Study, a qualitative study that was implemented by the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and local outreach projects Nairobi Outreach Services Trust (NOSET) in Nairobi, The Omari Project in Malindi and Teenswatch in Ukunda. The Research was implemented under the Community Action on Harm Reduction Project (CAHR), a Dutch funded programme supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. The study had the partnership of the Kenya Ministry of Health through collaboration with the National AIDS Control Council and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme.
With few studies conducted in Kenya on People who Inject Drugs, the Access to Care Study generated information on access to HIV prevention and care, and access to drug treatment among PWID in Kenya. The study was implemented over a period of two years and sought to document the day to day experiences of PWID and how these shape their interaction with the environment. Upon completion of the study, local dissemination meetings were held with the outreach projects in Malindi and Nairobi to feed back to the PWID community, the general community, local administration and program implementers. In addition to this, it was necessary to feedback to National Level policy and programme stakeholders the findings from this study.
The national Dissemination forum had initially been structured as a forum for discourse on PWID evidence and practice, from an international, regional and national perspective. Since the Ministry of Health under NASCOP had a number of research studies and key documents in key population programming that were set to be launched, the event took more of a key population approach, to include emerging evidence from sex workers and men who have sex with men as well.
To read the policy brief on Access to Care Study click here.