Message from the Director
Prof. James Kiarie
Welcome to the official website of the UoN HIV Capacity Building Fellowship Program (UHIV Fellowship Program). My acknowledgements go to University of Nairobi Management, University of Washington, Management Sciences for Health and our donors CDC who have worked with us hand in hand to see the continuation of the program.
I would also like to welcome on board University collaborators whom we are going to work together in expanding the reach of the program and to better address the capacity requirements of a devolved health sector. The Universities are tasked to deliver targeted short term training programs, supervision of fellows and mentorship of trainees. They include: Kenyatta University, Egerton University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University and Mombasa Technical University.
The new phase of the fellowship focuses on developing and implementing a sustained national training program that builds the capacity of Kenyan healthcare workers and local organizations through an academic model of training to support the transition of HIV programs to local organizations in alignment with the Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The goal is achieved through the implementation of four technical approaches:
- Alignment of training and capacity building activities to Participating Local Partners organizational development plans
- Training 2 year full time fellows and 6-12 month medium term trainees who address gaps in HIV service delivery and program management
- Short term training programs lasting less than 2 months address HIV service delivery and program management in PLP and other local organizations delivering HIV services by providing multiple basic skills in targeted short term training programs and follow up mentored activities
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program processes and its impact on trainees and the Kenya HIV Program.
Considering the previous fellowship phase, we trained 33 fellows in a two- year program; 116 fellows in medium term training; 1400 trainees in short face-to-face courses and 600 others in online training. We are looking forward to increasing the number of fellows and trainees in the current 5 year tem fellowship.