FAITH COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE (FCI) PROJECT – MONTHLY REPORT: NOVEMBER 2020

SUBMITTED TO: IMA WORLD HEALTH

DATE: 6TH DECEMBER 2020

Specific Contract Priorities:

  1. Engaging faith communities to reach men and children
  2. Strengthening justice systems for sexual violence against children


  1. INTRODUCTION

During this reporting period, all the activities that had been planned by INERELA+ Kenya were conducted in accordance with the COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines. Below is a breakdown of all activities:

  1. Dissemination of HIV key messages through congregational mobilized moments, community activations and through social media platforms.
  2. Dissemination of HIV messages through Media Houses
  3. HIV testing, linkage and aPNS activities
  4. CBIM coaching sessions
  5. SVAC messaging dissemination
  6. PM+ training of religious leaders’ champions
  7. Formation of the child safeguarding committees
  • ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN DURING THE MONTH

Priority One:

HIV messaging and communication: Dissemination of Messages of Hope

For this reporting period, special focus was given to dissemination of messages targeting ‘How Men Feel’ and engaging the men in the HIV related conversations. This dissemination was supported by INERELA+ Kenya by utilizing the standard sample PEPFAR Messages of Hope available at https://www.faithandcommunityinitiative.org/.

The religious leaders conducted the dissemination through congregational mobilized moments, social media platforms and also took advantage of small community mobilized moments. Through these media, the religious leaders have reached 10,278 people with the key messages of hope. The messages that have been disseminated this month are on the following key areas:  How Men Feel, Engaging Men, How Mothers Feel and How caregivers feel.

The table below summarizes the data for the various congregations of the different messages of hope that have been disseminated for this month:

Type of message20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445+ yrsTotal
How Men Feel4142271245665477752653
Engaging men6002203342234432232043
Men’s preference for HIV care1234565462342321091700
How caregivers feel4142124325562131091936
How mothers feel1051034322273347451946

HIV messaging and communication on social media platforms

For the month of November, the champions continued to utilize social media as a tool for dissemination of key HIV messages. The key media remain to be WhatsApp and Facebook. The champions have especially taken advantage of these platforms to drive important conversations on HIV areas such as HIV related stigma and partner disclosure. This has worked well especially on the Facebook platform, where the champions have engaged large masses on the comment sections, who have questions based on the HIV related posts.

INERELA+ Kenya has continued to support this process by providing the key messages to the champions for them to disseminate.

Social Media PlatformFollowing/numbers reached
Instagram140
Facebook1010
Twitter3150

(Also see attached the data for dissemination by the champions during congregation and community mobilized moments- Messages of Hope)

HIV messaging on Mass Media

For this reporting period, the champions have also takenadvantage of this media to disseminate the key HIV messages. The platforms that have been utilized this month have been: Ghetto FM and Mathare Radio FM. The champions from Kamukunji sub-county were invited to these platforms to drive conversations on HIV related issues especially partner disclosure, the importance of knowing your status and HIV related stigma. More specifically, Pastor Jeremiah from J.A.C Church in Majengo got a two-day platform to disseminate these messages. The coverage of these media houses is mostly at Mlango Kubwa, Donholm, Eastleigh, Umoja and Huruma.

Below are the links used to access the session at Mathare Radio Station:

http://mathareradiofm.radiostream321.com/

http://mathareradiofm.radiostream321.com/

Additionally, the table below demonstrates the numbers reached with key HIV messages by the champions for this reporting period:

HIV testing services: Community activations

For this reporting period, HIV self-testing activations continued, with the HTS providers putting a special focus on assisted self-testing. The self-testing activities have been conducted through targeted activations, with the champions taking a key role in mobilizing and offering counseling to the clients. The champions also remained to be focal points for receiving and picking of the HIV self-testing kits.

During the month of November, a total of 1,077 people were reached with the HIV testing services, both through community activations and PNS elicitation. Of these, 45 positive cases were identified. From the mentioned 1,077 clients, 1,029 were reached through targeted testing activations, while 48 were reached through PNS elicitation.

The table below demonstrates the data for the numbers reached with HIV self-testing services:

Age 0 – 1415 – 2425+Total
Sub CountyMFMFMF 
Embakasi East0052518287272
Embakasi West0082439360297
Westlands0068258525203
Kasarani349173435102
Kamukunji0023025351
Makadara002126247123
TOTAL 1029

Below is the data for the identified positive cases:

Age 0 – 1415 – 2425+Total
Sub CountyMFMFMF 
Embakasi West0000347
EmbakasiEast0000325
Kasarani0002068
Westlands0000235
Kamukunji000000
Makadara0000156
TOTAL31

Notably, for Ruaraka sub-county, the HTS providers availed by the SCASCO gave notice that they will not be participating in the self-testing activations. Due to this challenge, INERELA+ Kenya is engaging the services of another HTS provider who is willing to proceed with the initiative.

HIV aPNS elicitation

For the month of November, the counselors continued to elicit PNS to the index clients. This was done with the help of the champions, who took the lead role in accompanying the HTS providers to test the sexual partners of the index clients for psychosocial support and counseling, subject to their consent.

Below is a summary of the data for PNS elicitation to the index clients:

Embakasi East:

                             0-1415-2425+TOTALS
No of index clients elicited for PNSFMFMFM13
003244
No of index clients accepting PNSFMFMFM13
003244
No of contacts elicitedFMFMFM22
003595
No of contacts who are known positivesFMFMFM7
002131
No of contacts eligible for testingFMFMFM15
001464
No of contacts testedFMFMFM14
000464
No of contacts positive0000101
No of contacts linked0000101

Westlands:

                             0-1415-2425+TOTALS
No of index clients elicited for PNSFMFMFM4
000022
No of index clients accepting PNSFMFMFM4
000022
No of contacts elicitedFMFMFM11
641000
No of contacts who are known positivesFMFMFM1
001000
No of contacts eligible for testingFMFMFM9
540010
No of contacts testedFMFMFM7
510010
No of contacts positive0000101
No of contacts linked0000101

Kasarani:

                             0-1415-2425+TOTALS
No of index clients elicited for PNSFMFMFM2
000002
No of index clients accepting PNSFMFMFM2
000002
No of contacts elicitedFMFMFM16
621016
No of contacts who are known positivesFMFMFM0
000000
No of contacts eligible for testingFMFMFM12
      
No of contacts testedFMFMFM12
520005
No of contacts positive0000044
No of contacts linked0000044

Embakasi West:

                             0-1415-2425+TOTALS
No of index clients elicited for PNSFMFMFM1
000010
No of index clients accepting PNSFMFMFM1
000010
No of contacts elicitedFMFMFM3
000012
No of contacts who are known positivesFMFMFM1
000001
No of contacts eligible for testingFMFMFM2
000011
No of contacts testedFMFMFM2
000011
No of contacts positive0000112
No of contacts linked0000112

Makadara:

                             0-1415-2425+TOTALS
No of index clients elicited for PNSFMFMFM10
      
No of index clients accepting PNSFMFMFM7
      
No of contacts elicitedFMFMFM34
      
No of contacts who are known positivesFMFMFM5
      
No of contacts eligible for testingFMFMFM29
      
No of contacts testedFMFMFM20
      
No of contacts positive      5
No of contacts linked      4

Monitoring and Evaluation for HIV messaging and self-testing activities

For this reporting period, INERELA+ Kenya continued to implement the on-site weekly monitoring and evaluation of the HIV messaging and testing activations on a weekly basis. This was done through the WhatsApp group platforms for the champions and the HTS providers as well as through teleconferences. Through this monitoring strategy, the champions and HTS providers were able to raise upcoming challenges which were addressed promptly. This monitoring method has proven to be both effective and timely to addressing the challenges from the field as they come.

Priority Two:

The Child Safeguarding Policy

For this month, INERELA+ Kenya has put in a lot of effort to ensuring that each of the champions from the 55 congregations understand the child safeguarding policy. The finalized document was shared with all 70 champions for adoption within their congregations. The purpose of the policy is for the champions to use it a guide in the fight against sexual violence against children.

Formation of Child Safeguarding Committees

The process for formation of the child safeguarding committees continued during this reporting period.The champions have formed 8 committees within 8 different congregations. The process for the other committees is still ongoing.INERELA+ Kenya intends to fully engage the SJCC team for the formation of the remaining committees.

The 8 committees were formed at congregational level, each having 4 members. The champions also agreed to form a larger group at the sub-county level for the committee leads to deliberate on the challenges that have arisen as well as borrowing best practices from other congregational committees.

Problem Management + (PM+) Training

During the month of November, 15 religious leaders’ champions underwent the PM+ training at the Pride Inn Hotel, Westlands, from the 23rd to the 27th of November. The purpose of this training was to build the champions’capacity to be able to better handle issues/cases from the community members. The champions were trained on how to ensure that the client feels safe to share, how to handle confidential information and how to engage with victims of sexual violence without exposing them to more risk.

From this training, the champions acquired problem solving skills to help them in the dissemination of SVAC key messages and in handling related issues arising at community level.

Through the PM+ training, the champions will effectively tackle issues from the community as they come and refer them to the proper channels for treatment, care and justice.

Dissemination of SVAC related messages

During this reporting period, the champions continued to disseminate key SVAC related messages to the community and congregational members. This was done during community and congregational mobilized moments, as well as through social media platforms. For this month, particular focus was given to messages on teenage pregnancies. The champions took advantage of the 16 days of Gender Activism campaign to disseminate these key messages.

Attachment- champions reporting tools

Coaching Boys Into Men initiative

Coaching boys into men program was running from September to November. It ended in the month of November having reached 16 coaches, 295 boys ranging from 9-14 years within 9 sub counties.

November field analysis

LOCATIONNAME OF COACHNUMBER OF BOYSDAY
KamuluDaniel Magozo1513th November
LandimaweAntony Oduor2018th November
RuarakaShem Serangutu2026th November
KamuluDaniel Magozo1526th November
KorogochoAlex Iganga2026th November
Kahawa westFred, Daniel and Alex Omugunda6030th November
  Total: 150 

Activities carried in the month of November are as follows; to monitor the training process and evaluate if the boys have grasped anything in the weekly trainings, analyze the challenges faced within the three months of training, collecting the training schedule for the 12 weeks and distribution of Footballs to the 9 sub counties. Number of boys reached in November is 150

Of importance to note is that most of the boys have reformed from drug abuse and bad behavior.

The challenges experienced are as follows:

  1. Most of them are primary care givers
  2. Early child marriages
  3. Drug abuse
  4. Non openness between children and parents

Coaches Analysis

NAMELOCATIONNUMBER OF BOYS
ALEX IGANGAKOROGOCHO20
STEPHEN ODENDEKOROGOCHO20
DANIEL MAGOZOKAMULU15
KENNEDY ODUORYKOROGOCHO11
VICTOR OCHIENGKOROGOCHO20
SHEM SERANGUTURUARAKA20
FRED OPIYOKAHAWA WEST20
DANIEL OTTOKAHAWA WEST20
ALEX OMUGUNDAKAHAWA WEST20
ANTONY ODUORLANDIMAWE19
IDD SHIKANDALANDIMAWE20
PRINCE NJOROGEMAKADARA20
JAMES KARUKUUHURU15
WILSON OOKOKAYOLE SOUTH15
ALEX MWANGISTAREHE20
KEVIN OTIENOSTAREHE20
 TOTAL295

COVID-19 awareness messages

For this reporting period, the champions continued to sensitize the community members on the COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines.During community activations, the champions together with the HTS providers integrated the HIV self-testing services with others such as conducting sensitizations on the importance of adhering to the COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines as well as the utilization of thermometers in order to measure the temperature of the community members. From this integration, more community members have become more aware of the health guidelines and further to this, it has increased uptake of HIV self-testing services.

As part of supporting the dissemination of COVID-19 related messages, INERELA+ Kenya continued to utilize the standard PEPFAR messages available at https://www.faithandcommunityinitiative.org/.

(See HIV messages dissemination table with this data above).

  • ACTION POINTS
  • Formation of remaining Child Safeguarding committees with the SJCC team.
  • Implementation of the Child Safeguarding Policy by the religious leaders’  champions within their congregations
  • Continued dissemination of key HIV and SVAC related messages
  • Continued activations for HIV self-testing
  • CHALLENGES
  • For this reporting period, the HTS providers especially from Westlands sub-county- Kangemi area have reported that the community members are not as receptive to the HIV self-testing services. They reported that there is still fear of self-testing among most of the people, especially the young men. As a result, there needs to be more sensitization done to these groups for better uptake of the HIV services.
  • The HTS providers have also reported that for PNS elicitation, the index clients continue to be reluctant to release the contacts for their sexual partners. Therefore, PNS elicitation takes a long time for each of the clients because of this factor. The HTS providers continue to engage the champions, where consent is give, in order to counsel the clients and build a relationship of trust between themselves and the client.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS
  • For the next reporting period, the HTS providers will continue to engage with the religious leaders’ champions in order to come up with new working strategies to improve the uptake of HIV testing services. This will be done through the weekly online monitoring sessions where the groups take brainstorm on better methods of improving performance.
  • With regard to the child safeguarding committees, the champions are set to begin receiving and referring as appropriate the SVAC related cases. For this to effectively take place, there is a need to link the champions to the relevant county and sub-county offices that relate to GBV.
  • In regard to HIV and SVAC messaging and communication, the champions will continue to take advantage of the inter alia the 16 Days of Gender Activism in order to effectively capture current issues that are affecting the community and disseminate messages that address these. INERELA+ Kenya will continue to offer a supportive role to the champions by providing the messages for dissemination.
  • PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR NEXT MONTH
  • Expand HIV testing activities to more vulnerable areas in the communities
  • Continue with dissemination of key HIV messages, the Messages of Hope and COVID-19 related messages
  • aPNS to be done as soon as a positive client is identified and linked
  • Implementation of the Child Safeguarding Policy with the 55 congregations
  • Finalization of child safeguarding committees in each of the remaining congregations to oversee the implementation of the Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Continued dissemination of HIV key messages (messages of hope) and SVAC messages.
  • LIST OF ATTACHMENTS
  • Attachment 1 – Champions Reporting Tools
  • Attachment 2 – HTS Reporting Tools
  • Attachment 3 – PNS Reporting Tools
  • Attachment 4 – Social Media Dissemination
  • Attachment 5 – CBIM training attendance list
  • Attachment 6 – CBIM Coaching Schedule

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