LVCT Health has a robust youth program that offers quality HIV, SRH and GBV information and services to adolescents and youth. In partnership with UNICEF, LVCT health has taken leadership in programming for Most At Risk Adolescents (MARA) in Kenya. We conducted a MARA situational analysis study in 2015 that informed us on service needs for this population. We are currently providing a comprehensive package of care to this population with an aim of scaling the model to national level through NASCOP. We employ peer-led approaches to improve identification, linkage, retention and viral suppression among adolescents.
The DREAMS program integrates social protection for vulnerable girls within HIV and SRH programming and has enrolled 30,000 adolescent girls and young women in three counties of Kenya. The program provides social asset building, cash transfers and education subsidies within a combination prevention package of services aimed at reducing HIV and SRH risks and vulnerabilities.
To build girls’ agency for self-advocacy, LVCT Health has supported adolescent girls and women led organizations and groups at the grass root level through organizational systems strengthening trainings and mentorship. LVCT Health also supports Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) in 6 counties made of adolescents and young people who elevate young people’s voices in various county and national fora. They are linked to and work closely with adolescent technical working groups at the county level. We also mentor girls and young women as PrEP champions to reach out to their peers with HIV prevention messages especially PrEP.
LVCT Health’s one2oneTM Integrated Digital Platform (OIDP) is a peer-led, multi-platform safe space designed to respond to SRH, HIV and GBV information needs for adolescents and youth by providing accurate, confidential and credible information and referrals through a toll-free hotline, Short Messages Services (SMS), digital platforms that appeal to adolescents and young people (Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, youtube, and Instagram). Over the years, one2oneTM Integrated Digital Platform has grown to be the preferred information and service linkage platform of choice in Kenya reaching over 3.4 million adolescents and young people annually through social media platforms with over 40,000 calls being received every year and over 6,000 young people being linked to SRH, HIV and GBV services through a robust country-wide referral network. The platform supports confidential virtual and peer-led support groups and chat-rooms for various groups of adolescents including adolescents living with HIV, County-based Youth Advisory Councils and young people trained as Champions for certain causes e.g. PrEP. Discussions in these virtual groups are regulated by peers, and questions that need technical answers are addressed by trained counselors.
LVCT Health has played a critical role in development of National policy, standards and guidelines frameworks in HIV, GBV and SRH fronts with most recent being HIV self-testing Manual and National guidelines on use of Antiretroviral drugs for treatment and prevention of HIV in Kenya.