Goal 3 : Strengthen organizational and technical capacity of civil society, including KHANA itself.

Objectives and Strategies:

1.

Strengthen the capacity of communities, partners, and other stakeholders[1].

a.           Provide technical trainings and support.

b.           Promote learning and sharing with communities, partners and stakeholders.

c.            Functionalize the KHANA Technical Hub’s (KTH) systems, structures, and services.

d.           Leverage KHANA’s technical expertise and empower staff to engage in KTH’s service provision.

2.

Enhance the utilization of technical innovations for emerging needs.

a.           Optimize the use of technical innovations to inform policy development and program design.

b.           Strengthen collaboration with policy and decision makers to implement and integrate technical innovations into national programs.

3.

Increase the scale and scope of the KHANA Research Center’s technical excellence

a.        Expand scientific research areas for promoting health and quality of life of the population.

b.        Work in partnership nationally, regionally and internationally with the private sector, government, and academia in population health and development research.

c.        Disseminate and share best practices, technical excellence, and new research findings of population health research to those people in positions that effect change.

4.

Increase the knowledge and expertise of KHANA’s staff in broader areas of health and development.

a.           Enhance and develop the technical capacities of KHANA’s staff through technical sessions, learning, and sharing.

b.           Develop capacity building opportunities through attendance at local and regional meetings, workshops, symposia, trainings, conferences, and through dialogue.

c.            Leverage technical support from Alliance, linking organizations, academia, and other organizations.

 

Areas of Contribution

KHANA’s ability to strengthen organizational and technical capacities has been one its success stories. With major funding grants obtained through USAID-Flagship, and Global Fund and well managed for results, KHANA has been able to effectively contribute to the national HIV response and related broader health outcomes. Although, from 2014, a decline in external funding for the national HIV response forced key services to be prioritized and management costs reduced, KHANA took this as an opportunity for ‘doing more, and better, with less’.

 

As KHANA moves forward, the KHANA team will continue to update standard operating procedures (SOP) and training curricula for HTC on the utilization of innovative approaches to HTC, such as the community-based rapid testing with finger prick for HIV and syphilis. KHANA will continue to support national and sub-national level plans to roll-out B-IACM. This support, whether financial and/or technical, will be dependent on the evolving funding context and on a joint effort for the pre-elimination of new HIV infections. In collaboration with the National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (NCHADS), KHANA plans to develop a task shifting program for stable PLHIV, to support access to treatment for SHG members facing distance and/or mobility issues. KHANA is committed to effectively design, pilot, implement, and replicate technical innovations, such as those funded under Flagship, Global Fund, and the Research Center that can then inform  development of  guidelines, frameworks, and policies at the national level as well as share those good practices with other countries and organizations in the region and globally.

 

The KTH (originally the TS Hub), became independent from the HIV/AIDS Alliance, and a functioning unit within KHANA in 2015.  The KTH will utilize its experience, expertise, and reputation to help support its work into the future. The KTH will contribute technical assistance by targeting needed services, identifying clients, and utilizing internal KHANA staff in areas of HIV, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), grant, program, and financial management, and organizational and institutional development. The KTH will also document all USAID-Flagship funded programmatic innovations to inform creative approaches in other areas, facilitate contracts for external consultants and clients, and will provide quality service guarantees to clients for services provided. The KTH will add one more part in KHANA’s efforts to be a sustainable organization.

 

The KHANA Research Centre was fully established as of 2015. The Research Center is designated as one of the centers of KHANA organization, but operates with a large degree of autonomy. The KHANA Research Center will conduct scientific research for promoting health and quality of life of the population by providing evidence based information for the development of effective health policies for improving access to health care system; expand national, regional and international partnerships with private, government, and academia in population health research; disseminate new findings of population health research to people in the position to effect changes including policy officials, health care leaders, health professionals,  and researchers; and help prepare the next generation of scholars, researcher and practitioners for better understanding in research related to population health.

 

KHANA will also strengthen the capacity of staff, to offer professional development opportunities, and to link to other organizations that can leverage support. This will make KHANA better positioned to meet challenges effectively, to stay current, to show the value the organization has for its staff, and to demonstrate to stakeholders the organization’s commitment to ongoing learning opportunities.

 

Selected Indicators:

·        % of KHANA partners that perceive a strengthened capacity to implement their work.

·        % of KHANA staff that perceive an increase in the effectiveness of their work.

·        Evaluations show that KHANA has made progress in improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and good practice in its programs.

·        # of national programs/policies that have been influenced by KHANA led innovations and research.

·        # of partnerships created for the purposes of advancing health and development research.