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Technical Assistance

AIHD provides technical assistance to several health and development partners and the Government of Kenya particularly in the mid and end point evaluation of programmes. Some of the work undertaken by AIHD under technical assistance includes:

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(i)  World Bank (January – March, 2017): The AIHD has been contracted by the World Bank to undertake a Social Assessment (SA) in Garissa, Wajir and Turkana counties. The objective of the SA is to understand the key social and livelihood characteristics of the host population and to assess the impact of the proposed interventions on the more vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the sub-counties hosting the refugees.

(ii)  Save the Children: (October – December 2014): Save the Children contracted AIHD to assess the impacts of cash transfers on children’s life course in Kenya. The study, conducted in Turkana, Wajir and Mandera Counties, sought to understand how the four main cash transfers, cash transfer for orphans and vulnerable children (CT-OVC); Older Persons Cash Transfer (OPCT); Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP); and Cash Transfer for Persons with Severe Disability (CT‐PWSD) in Kenya, have impacted children.

(iii)University of North Carolina (UNC) (June-­‐December 2014; and 2012): The University is a part of a large programme known as ‘Tupange’, being implemented by a consortium led by JHPIEGO, an international non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. Tupange is undertaking an urban reproductive health initiative (URHI) in five Kenyan towns: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega and Machakos. The Measurement Learning & Evaluation (MLE) – part of the program is led by the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in India, the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) for the three SSA project countries, and the Knowledge for Health Project of the Centre for Communications Program at John Hopkins University. MLE used rigorous, state‐of-the‐art methods to evaluate the impact of the URHI on modern contraceptive use in diverse population groups. AIHD was contracted by UNC to conduct the tracking in the five towns in Kenya to inform the second (mid‐term) and third (evaluation) waves of data collection.

(iv)  KEPSA: (June – August, 2014): Beneficiary Assessment of the Kenya Youth Empowerment Project: Private Sector Training and Internship Component. The study was conducted in Kisumu, Nairobi and Mombasa where KEPSA is undertaking the training. The study involved interviewing beneficiaries, employers, trainers and programme leaders. Interviewer-based questionnaires, in- depth interviews and focus group discussions were held across the three cities.

(v)  Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) (November 2013 – November 2014): The baseline survey was conducted in Kilifi County, Coastal region of Kenya to establish SRH knowledge, attitudes, practices and behaviour of young adolescents (10-‐14 years) in primary school and how these are related to their health and well-being. The study involved parents, school administrators and young adolescents. The results were presented to stakeholders in Mombasa in November 2014.

(vi) County Health Readiness Assessment: (August 2013 – August 2014): This study was funded by DfID through SUNY‐Kenya to assess the readiness of Counties to fulfil their mandates as outlined in the Constitution 2010. The study sites were Mandera, Meru, Nyamira, Kakamega, Baringo, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu Counties. The data collection tools included exit interviews, in-­‐depth interviews and checklists (completed at health facilities).

(vii) HelpAge International (October-December 2013) The main focus of this consultancy was to conduct an assessmentthat generates evidence on the learning andcontributes to universal access to HIV and AIDS services and social protectionmechanisms for vulnerable groups in sub-­‐Saharan Africa. This is a five-­‐country assessment: Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

(viii) USAID Regional Office for East Africa (2012 – 2013): This was a multi-‐country study being conducted in the five East African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi). The study addresses the East African Community’s (EAC) commitment to support countries to reduce the incidence of HIV and AIDS across the region. The data were collected by use of both primary and secondary data sources. Primary data are collected by use of interviewer-based questionnaires, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and health facility checklists. Secondary data are collated and analysed from various sources including Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), indicator surveys and health facility records.

(ix) World Health Organization, Africa Regional Office (WHO-AFRO) and the African Programme for OnchocerciasisControl (APOC) (2010 – 2012): The Kenyan Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Study is part of a 12‐country study in the African Region. The study is motivated by the need to strengthen the health systems in order to meet the needs of the people in Africa, who continue to experience high morbidity and mortality levels from both communicable and non-­‐communicable diseases (NCDs). Data were gathered in the Coast and Rift Valley provinces in Kenya covering three districts each namely Uasin Gishu, Nandi, and Nakuru in the Rift and Kilifi, Taita Taveta and Tana River districts in the Coast Province.

(x)    Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) -­‐ Sudan Program (June-­‐August, 2011): This was a health baseline Survey conducted in Magwi and Lopa/Lafon counties in Eastern Equatorial state, South Sudan. The study tools included: eight (8) focus group discussions, 24 in-depth interviews and 800 interviewer-based questionnaires.

(xi) World Bank (2010 – 2012): The Kenya Paralegal Study is being conducted in five countries: Kenya; Sierra Leone; Indonesia; South Africa; and the Philippines.  The study is aimed at establishing paralegals’ outcomes and the effects of their interventions on citizens’ willingness and capacity to take on injustice. In Kenya, the AIHD is working in partnership with FIDA-­‐Kenya, ICJ- Kenya, Legal Resources Foundation, Kituo Cha Sheria and Plan International. The study is being implemented in six provinces in Kenya.

(xii) CARE-Kenya (September -­‐ October 2010): Documentation of Yier Ngima PMTCT Project in Siaya District, Kenya. The Yier Ngima project implemented by CIK was being phased out after more than 8 years of successful completion. The documentation highlighted some of the innovative work undertaken at both community and facility levels to improve PMTCT service delivery and uptake in Siaya District. The purpose was to showcase with objectivity the Yier Ngima initiatives and to demonstrate the ways in which the funding supported the targeted delivery of quality PMTCT at the community and health facility levels, including lessons learnt in terms of reproducible scale up. The more than eight hours of video coverage provides evidence of the project achievements and is summarized into a 15-minute DVD highlights.

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