Integrated Community Based Initiatives (ICOBI)

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  • Has held 13,485 sensitization meetings
  • Distributed 436,895 condoms in the community
  • Counseled and referred 10,881 HIV positive women for modern FP methods. 6,096 of these have been offered modern contraceptives/FP methods
  • Distributed condoms to 7,272 persons in discordant relationships/PLWHA
  • Identified and registered 105,065 pregnant women in the community
  • Referred 84,930 pregnant women from the community for ANC attendance
  • 39,281 pregnant women from the community have been counseled, tested, and received results by the project. 33,810 disclosed their results to their partners/family members.
  • 13,317 spouses of pregnant women counseled tested and received results in the community
  • 13,266 couples tested in the community


Ministry of Health, District Local Government, MPs, EGPAF, and PACE. More partners expected on board include; TASO, AIC, JCRC, MJAP, UPHOLD, CRS, Children Aids Fund, District Health Departments, Private and public hospitals and health units, among others. ICOBI also works with health promotion programs like the YEAH Campaign and Straight Talk Foundation. The aim is to maximize benefits of wrap-around initiatives to achieve the goal and objectives of this project.

Lessons Learnt/Best Practices:

  • Conducting integrated community outreaches increases more clients accessing PMTCT services more especially male partners.
  • Strengthened teamwork and relationship between health workers, political leaders and community structures like VHTs and community psychosocial support groups increase acceptability and utilisation of services.
  • Involving the district leadership, LCs, religious leaders, health service providers and community members in VHT selection, monitoring and coordination of their activities at all levels promotes ownership and sustainability of VHT strategy.
  • A continuous actively supported psycho-social group reduces stigma and discrimination in communities with continuous awareness campaign for behavioural change.
  • Engaging community structures in all activities at sub-county level motivates them, build their confidence and trust among the community members.
  • Involving and integrating Health assistants and CDOs at sub-county level improve coordination, supervision, monitoring and mentoring of community structures and thus improve their performanc.e
  • Good working relationship between health workers and community structures like VHTs and psycho-social support groups increases acceptability of PMTCT services.
  • Advocacy meetings with the district leadership, relegoius leaders and local LCs have led to increased support to the health services and more so the community structures in creating demand.