Voices for Action – V4A is a community engagement project at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), funded by Wellcome Trust, which seeks to explore vulnerability and solutions...
Health is the backbone of a nation. Sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of ill-health, and health remains largely under-funded by many governments in the region. In 2010, HIV/AIDS claimed up to 1.2 million lives in sub-Saharan Africa and a further 22.9 million people, including 2.3 million children, were living with HIV/AIDS. The region is also now increasingly threatened by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive respiratory disease.
Voices for Action is a community engagement on vulnerability and solutions to food and nutrition insecurity among women and children in the Maasai Community, Kajiado, Kenya.
Project aim and objectives
This public engagement aims to:
a) gain a deeper understanding into the vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity among women and children in the community; and
b) to identify ways of improving the situation.
Women and other community members will be engaged through participatory public engagement approaches such as community dialogues, along with in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, photovoice and participatory video. Additional engagement will be with the County government and community-based organizations to draw a potential action plan to tackle the problem.
This study will lead to a greater understanding on the vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity among women and children in the community. The learning from the project is expected to inform policy and practice in the Kajiado County and other similar settings; i.e. arid and semi-arid settings in Kenya and other sub Saharan African settings.
Project period: April 2016 to December 2017