Introduction

The Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) is a national membership network of NGOs, CBOs, and FBOs, Private Sector actors, Research and Learning Institutions involved in or that have interest in HIV & AIDS , TB  and other public health care concerns in Kenya such as Malaria, Nutrition,  Community Harm Reduction(among injecting drug users) among others.

KANCO was established in 1990 by a group of seven member NGOs.  Its membership is open to all registered NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, PLHIV support organisations, learning institutions, public and private sector organizations in Kenya.  KANCO also provides for associate membership that includes individuals and INGOs.

KANCO has a membership of over 1200 organisations and numerous individuals that are networking, collaborating and are bound together by a common vision of a  healthy Kenyan  people  with secure and sustainable access to HIV,TB and other public health care services.

Formed with a principle to support members to respond to the HIV & AIDS epidemic in line with the existing government co-ordination mechanism for HIV & AIDS and TB activities, KANCO has evolved to become a premier agency for sensitizing, mobilizing and promoting collaboration among civil society organizations (CSOs) ,working to mitigate HIV, AIDS, TB and other public health concerns and their impacts in Kenya.

KANCO effectively carries out her institutional mandate guided by  three strategic objectives namely, Community Systems Strengthening (CSS),Improving policy for HIV,AIDS,TB and other public health care concerns and Institutional Strengthening (IS).

In 2009, KANCO was accredited as a linking organisation for the International HIV and AIDS Alliance (Alliance) in Kenya. Alliance works globally to support communities around the world to reduce the spread of HIV and to meet the challenges of AIDS and related health issues. As a linking organisation for Alliance, KANCO supports joint action on HIV & AIDS and TB at the community level and commits to developing mechanisms to help CSOs work together to achieve the shared goals.