The Access to Care qualitative research study in Kenya

The Access to care study is working with communities in Nairobi and the Coast province in Kenya. KANCO and LSHTM are leading a research study with three of the CAHR Kenya programme partners: the Omari Project in Malindi, Teenswatch in Ukunda and NOSET in Nairobi. The Kenyan Ministry of Health, NASCOP and NAC are also key partners in the study.

The aim of the research is to understand how people who inject drugs (PWID) experience HIV care and harm reduction, and how social contexts influence this. Study findings will directly support the ongoing development of health care services for PWID.

The research is using in-depth interviews and observation of the community settings in which PWID live and access care. These approaches allow PWID to talk openly about their experiences and for the research team to understand the range of factors involved in people’s use of drugs, and how care is accessed.

Outreach workers from the three CAHR programme partners are working closely with the KANCO-LSHTM research team in conducting the interviews and observation. This partnership allows both the development of research skills within organisations traditionally focussed on service provision, and for those with detailed knowledge of the communities involved to guide and shape the developing study.

Data collection started in November 2012, following training and planning amongst the partners. Data collection will be ongoing throughout 2013 and in to 2014, with a range of research outputs planned along the way.

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