Pictured above left: An assistant county commissioner gives remarks during the "Spot It Stop It!" public sensitization forums on the need to end violence against children and for police to champion children's rights in Kirinyaga County in Kenya. Pictured above right: LVCT Health's Anne Ngunjiri (center), Senior Technical Advisor - VAC prevention program, and Michelle Oluoch (right), Gender-Based Violence Program Officer, participating in the campaign in Kirinyaga County.
According to the 2019 Violence Against Children Survey (VACS), nearly half the children are experiencing violence at home and in communities in Kenya. In response, the Kenyan Government, through the State Department of Social Protection – Department of Children Services, developed the National Prevention and Response Plan (NPRP) on Violence against Children in Kenya (2019/23) that aims to reduce VAC prevalence by 40% by 2024. Through USAID’s HEARD Project, LVCT Health has responded to the NPRP by engaging in data-informed policy and program activities such as “Spot It! Stop It!”, a campaign deployed in Kirinyaga and Laikipia counties in Kenya.
“Spot It! Stop It!” is a public behavior change campaign to raise awareness at the community level about protecting children from violence. LVCT Health rallied advocates, including representatives from county commissioner offices, to participate in a public procession and speak on the various ways that stakeholders and the public can play an active role in ending violence. Through the sub-county reporting systems, LVCT Health hopes to see an increase in reported incidences and decrease in violence towards children as a result of this campaign.