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DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING A MONITORING AND EVALUATION GUIDE FOR HIV/AIDS PROJECTS AT THE KENYA RED CROSS SOCIETY

Fellow's Name: 
Wycliff Mariga Ombuki
Fellows Track: 
Health Economics
Fellows Cohort: 
Second Cohort

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is a humanitarian relief Organization created in 1965 through an Act of Parliament, Cap. 256 of the Laws of Kenya .As a voluntary Organization, the Society operates through a network of eight regions and 64 Branches and 70,000 volunteers spread throughout the Country.

 It has made extraordinary contributions towards alleviating human suffering in areas such as food security, disaster response and poverty among others. In HIV/AIDS, the society has made tremendous contribution towards improving the quality of life for People Living with HIV (PLHIV), Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and Most at Risk Populations (MARPS) through Family Health and Home Based Care projects based in Malindi, Rachuonyo, Molo and Nakuru among others.

Kenya Red Cross Society has been implementing integrated HIV and AIDS programming across the country since 1996, focusing on Home-Based Care for chronically ill, as well people living with HIV and AIDS and support for OVC. At least 13 KRCS branches were funded by different Red Cross Societies from different countries and partners to implement the Family Home Based Care and Peer Education projects.

The HIV/AIDS projects implemented by KRCS have diverse characteristics in terms of activities covered, the period covered, the manner in which they are initiated, the source of funding and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. This has posed a major challenge in developing a standard monitoring and evaluation protocol.

Data collection and analysis has been a major handicap resulting sometimes in evaluation reports that do not provide useful information for decision making. This has been due to lack standard guidelines on monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS projects. There have also been challenges in designing program specific monitoring and evaluation tools, reporting procedures and instituting a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation protocol that can specifically deal with HIV/AIDS projects.

Therefore, there was need to enhance evidence based planning and management decisions through comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of HIV/AIDS project interventions.