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KANCO is a membership organization established in the early 1990s in Kenya with operations in the eastern Africa region. Its membership comprises of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), Private Sector actors, Research and Learning Institutions that have a focus on health advocacy and or implementing health programes.
KANCO has a strong presence both at the national, regional and global levels. This has been made possible by strong membership at the national level as well as building strong and lasting partnerships with regional and international organizations.
KANCO has a membership of over 1200 organisations and numerous individuals that are networking, collaborating and are bound together by a common vision of an HIV, AIDS ,TB and other public health issues of importance in Kenya.
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 organisations (CSOs) working to mitigate HIV & AIDS and TB and their impacts in Kenya.
In 2009, KANCO was accredited as a linking organisation for the International HIV and AIDS Alliance (IHAA) in Kenya. IHAA 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 IHAA, 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.