PREVENTION, HEALTH PROMOTION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SECTION
The Prevention and Health Promotion Section oversees advocacy, communication and social mobilization (ACSM), Community Engagement and TB Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) activities.
- High level resource mobilization
- Barcelona Lung Conference
- STOP TB partnership Kenya
- World TB day 2014
- Mass media activities
- Review of IEC and promotional materials
- Review of Communication Strategy
Social mobilization activities were carried out within the districts and Counties using Provincial Administration, religious leaders, Public health officers and CSOs. The use of vehicles mounted with public address systems and IEC/promotional materials were used to create awareness on TB and TB/HIV. Active case finding was carried out in various health facilities in the Counties.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTIN TB CARE AND SUPPORT: Community and patient engagement in TB Control is the 5th element in the Stop TB strategy for effective TB control. Despite the good performance of the national TB programme, a significant (21%) proportion of people living with TB remain undetected. Innovative programmes are therefore needed to reach all individuals suffering from TB, including men, women and children. Nongovernmental and civil society organizations (NGO/CSOs) have the capacity and know-how to reach communities in need but few implement TB activities. One approach to fill this gap is to engage NGO/CSOs that are currently unengaged in TB and encourage them to integrate community based TB services into their existing activities. In Kenya, engaging Communities and Civil society organization has remained a key area of focus in Community TB Care Strategy and has been well received by the government and various stakeholders.During the period under review, the following Community and CSOs activities were carried out:
ENGAGE TB INITIATIVE: Review training manuals: Review of CHWs training materials was done in April with support from PATH; Review of guidelines – ENGAGE TB guidelines was reviewed in March 2014. The revision was mainly to address the existing gaps especially the Community IPC session. Drug resistant TB and social determinants of TB were also included in the curriculum. Technical terms were also simplified for better understanding and consumption at the community level. Basic information on Leprosy was incorporated into the guidelines and potential role for CSOs to engage in leprosy activities was spelt out.; Review meeting: A stakeholders’ review meeting took place in March 2014: The National Program with technical and financial support from WHO convened a one day review. A total of 30 CSOs participated in the meeting. Need to bring on board CSOs implementing HIV activities was emphasized.