KenyaKenya has been host to some of JSI’s largest projects, beginning with the Kenya Family Planning Private Sector Project in 1983. Over the last 33 years, JSI has supported the health of children, women, including those living with HIV, and provided its full spectrum of expertise to both governmental and privately-funded initiatives.
Since 2008, JSI has been providing immunization technical assistance through the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and its predecessor, Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP). As a part of the national immunization technical working groups, JSI has supported the revision of Kenya’s National Vaccination Policy and assisted in the development of the Kenya Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (KAPPD). JSI also strengthened technical and management capacity to improve equity and coverage through the application of the Reaching Every District (RED) approach in low-performing districts. JSI has strengthened the linkages between levels of the immunization system in Kenya, bringing local level realities to inform the national level conversation, and helping to implement national level policies throughout the various levels of the health system.
In addition, JSI has provided technical assistance to the Kenya immunization program and with partners for the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), rotavirus, and measles-rubella vaccines. Furthermore, we have assisted the country in updating the immunization curriculum that is being used for health workers in medical and nursing schools.
As DREAMS Innovation Challenge Funds Manager, JSI is providing grants management, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity strengthening with 13 local partners in Kenya to reduce HIV among adolescent girls and young women by addressing the structural drivers of the epidemic.
JSI also implemented the Innovations for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health initiative, to find and test ambitious new ideas that have the potential to overcome barriers to accessing maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services and significantly improve delivery of these services.
JSI has also played a critical role in assisting Kenya’s Ministry of Health and other key partners to develop the use of information systems and data for health.
Currently, JSI’s deep experience in data as well as supply chain management is used to implement inSupply: Innovations for Public Health Supply Chains, an umbrella project funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. InSupply incorporates supply chain components to improve the performance and efficiency of contraceptive, vaccine, and essential medicine supply chain systems. The program uses cross-cutting themes, including increasing data visibility and the use of data to drive decision making, to demonstrate the feasibility of innovative solutions for the last mile in addition to strengthening local and regional supply chain capacity.
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PATH and JSI are collaborating with ministries of health and country implementing partners to coordinate DMPA SubQ country introduction and scale-up planning and implementation.
A coordinator for the BARAA project's orphaned and vulnerable children program in Kenya receives support from the New Partners Initiative and connects youth and children with essential HIV services.
This collaboration between UNFPA and JSI focuses on three specific phases of work: analysis, strategic interventions, and reducing bottlenecks and building capacity in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, DRC, and Kenya.
JSI's Techincal Assistance to the New Partners Initiative helps a clinic in Western Kenya effectively communicate accurate HIV information to the community.
JSI builds the capacity and monitors the progress of 46 organizations that received DREAMS Innovation Challenge sub-awards to reduce HIV infection in young women in Africa who have limited or no access to health care services.
JSI's Technical Assistance to the New Partners program helps reform the health information system used by The Matibabu Foundation, a community-based public health organization in Ukwala, Kenya.
inSupply is a learning project aimed at improving the performance and efficiency of supply chains by increasing the effective use of data and introducing management best practices to strengthen system outcomes.
JSI's Making Medical Injections Safer project helps institute an injection safety curriculum at Kenya Medical Training College in the effort to reduce the high rate of HIV and TB transmission through unsafe injection practices in the country.
Through the AIDSFree project, JSI provides capacity development and technical support to USAID missions, host-country governments, and HIV implementers at the local, regional, and national levels.
Under USAID's flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, JSI leads the child health,immunization, and pediatric HIV activities.
JSI is supporting and advancing community programs in more than 30 countries that seek to improve local health services, especially those related to family planning.