CONNECT is an acronym for County Ownership and Networks to maintain Nairobi Epidemic Control. The program is supporting the implementation and expansion of high quality, sustainable, and comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in Nairobi County with funding from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The program’s goal is to fast-track progress towards the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets of HIV epidemic control and to reduce HIV incidence and AIDS-related mortality as per Kenya AIDS Strategic Framework II.
The program’s objectives are as follows:
- Strengthen the provision of HIV and TB prevention, care, and treatment services for all populations including female sex workers (FSW), male who have sex with men (MSM), and people who inject drugs (PWID).
- Expand access to comprehensive and quality HIV prevention services for adolescent women and young girls (AGYW) through the DREAMS program and for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC)
- Strengthen the delivery of quality HIV prevention and treatment services for pregnant women and breastfeeding and for the HIV-exposed infants.
- Provide high quality targeted HIV Testing Services to all general, key and priority populations, leading to the identification and linkage of people diagnosed with HIV to care.
- Provide quality comprehensive HIV and TB care and treatment services for HIV-infected populations.
- Strengthen HIV service delivery systems and networks including laboratory, supply chain and monitoring and evaluation systems, for seamless provision of comprehensive HIV and TB services.
- Strengthen county health systems for enhance ownership of and transition to sustainable high-quality HIV services to counties
The program is designed around providing client-centered services, increased community engagement, implementing resilient and adaptive approaches and strategies in programming, and working within county structures and systems
CONNECT’s approach is based on the tenets of:
- Collaborative: Working with national and county structures to achieve county priorities
- Partnership: Working with other implementing partners leveraging on their expertise in various aspects of health systems strengthening
- Accountability: Aligned to national and county priorities, committed to meeting donor expectations and targets