We are a bunch of people dedicated to one thing and one thing only: building a world where every child has an equal opportunity. HealthStart is a programme is a School Health program run by Child.org initiated to address children’s health in school. It is aimed at reducing school absenteeism and drop out level in primary school thus improving student performance. The HealthStart program is funded by Comic Relief. Currently, HealthStart is being implemented in 25 schools in Western Kenya, Kisumu County seeking to benefit at least 10,000 school going children. This is the second phase of the program that has been ongoing for two years having accomplished its first phase which involved only 2 schools in the same region. HealthStart works through: Strengthening systems, ensuring the schools have access to health services and are taught health skills: Community involvement through setting up of health clubs whose members include both the children and parents: Provision of health services, ensuring schools have access to mosquito nets and deworming tablets and Data provision in which schools are taught how to capture and share health results. Child.org has partnered with two organizations; Ogra and Omega Foundation to implement the HealthStart program. Each partner focuses on specific areas of programme delivery that complement their strengths and experience. Omega Foundation provides mentorship, capacity building and systems strengthening to Community Based Organizations in and around Kisumu County. Omega applies this experience to HealthStart by taking the lead in the processes of systems strengthening and training in each school and community sensitization. Ogra Foundation implemented the HealthStart pilot programme and therefore have an excellent understanding of the needs, policies and challenges involved in delivery health interventions in a school setting. Ogra takes lead on the health service delivery and regular dialogue reviews with the school communities
The HealthStart program is currently working in 25 schools in Muhoroni and Nyando Sub counties, Kisumu County which is a malaria endemic region. The schools are grouped in 5 clusters: Angoro, Ayucha, Milenya, Nyatao and Ngeny. HealthStart works with the schools, local government and communities to implement a clear and effective framework that delivers School Health and Nutrition interventions and improves educational attainment. It works to establish a robust framework within schools so that interventions delivered in have a long lasting, sustainable impact on every pupil. The project also works with different stakeholders to strengthen each stakeholder’s ability to gather data and to understand the impact and learn from it. The activities implemented by the project as relates to the program outcome areas include:
Omega’s role in implementing the program was to ensure that all the stakeholders are identified, mobilized and capacity built to understand their roles in schools as stipulated in the Kenya National School Health policy. Omega would also ensure regular mentorship for stakeholders to ensure the policy is well understood and implemented. Ogra, on the other hand would work closely with MoH, to ensure mosquito nets, deworming tablets & vitamin A supplements are available and properly administered. Ogra was also charged with the management of regular dialogue meetings in all 20 schools, bringing Government partners, school health clubs and school management together to ensure the National School Health Policy is understood and implemented by all stakeholders.
Expected Program Outcomes:
By providing improvements to capacity building on the SHN policy alongside improvements to accessible literature on healthy and risky behaviours for School Health Committees, representatives from all stakeholders (children, teaching staff, BoM and caregivers) will have improved access to understanding and knowledge on how to stay healthy. Building capacity and strengthening systems for school governance will improve the sustainability and longevity of any other interventions and relationships developed to improve health for children and communities.
Improving inclusive channels of communication between different stakeholders, awareness of their rights and understanding of how to advocate for change will empower children, communities and schools to become agents for change. Improved access to technology for data collection, storage and sharing enables schools to understand the importance of data, to learn about key trends and needs within their community and to shape and evolve activities as a result.
Purpose of evaluation
The end of project evaluation is meant to assess the progress of the programme and the various challenges noted during the entire period. To assess relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the project benefits to its targets and to analyze and effectiveness of programme approach and strategy noting the gaps and how these gaps have affected the programme. This is with a view to inform the next iteration of the HealthStart Programme.
Scope of work
Duration of the evaluation
The evaluation has been scheduled to take place for a period of four weeks between 2nd of March and 20th of April 2018 (ensuring that the pupil’s survey doesn’t coincide with end of term exams or fall into the April holidays).
The consultant will share his/her own methodology with Child.org. Final agreement of the methodology will be by Child.org. It will be expected that the methodology will include among other components, review of the baseline survey and tools used, carrying out school visits to undertake School Health Audits, administering the Pupil and Caregivers’ surveys, and carrying out partner evaluations for each of the partners
Required expertise and qualification
All applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st January 2018.
All expressions of interest should include: