About US

Introduction

In developing our corporate policies as an international nonprofit over the coming five years, we seek to create a dynamic forward looking organisation that will be able to respond to emerging challenges and needs in a rapidly changing world. Together with our government partners, we are moving forward embracing new ideas and innovative approaches, learning from the wisdom and experience of the past. We are building on evidence and introducing fresh, exciting ideas and directions. Our vision of a better world inspires us, our mission focuses us, and our shared goals unite us. With effective planning, transparency, and clear direction, we will be able to really create lasting change.

Mission Statement

Our aim is to reduce disease, suffering and poverty among the poorest of the poor. Our projects are implemented through the values and beliefs of the people themselves. Together we create self-reliance and work through long term positive change towards sustainable self-supporting programmes.

Who We Are

ICROSS is an international NGO with a long history working in partnership with civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, governments and bilateral agencies including the Global Fund, the European Union, the World Health Organisation and other UNICEF and local communities. External

Where Do We Work?

ICROSS began its work among pastoral communities in East Africa in 1979. For over 37 years, we gradually extended the coverage of our work from central Kenya to vulnerable communities in the Western counties of Kenya, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS. We have worked in Samburu, Kajiado, Nakuru, Bungoma, Nzoia, Siayia, Bondo, Buret and Mumias in Kenya and Arusha, Dodoma and Monduli in Tanzania. In addition, we have provided technical and material support to an extensive network of partner National local INGOs and Faith-based projects in seven African countries and 5 in Asia. This has included the first series of global health courses in Nepal lectures in international development in Cambodia as well as program evaluations in other south East Asia countries. Our core focus remains endangered pastoral communities across Kenya’s Rift Valley. Between 2015-2020 we will be expanding our reach and services to new areas depending on resources and approval of the international advisory board, external advisors and our active partners. Over

What Do We DO 2016 - 2020

Over the last 37 years, ICROSS works with the resources, capacities and traditions of poor marginalised communities seeking to strengthen their capacity to improve their own health through a rights’ based approach of ownership, inclusion and community empowerment. ICROSS has fully documented its vast experience in disease prevention and control amongst disadvantaged communities. This experience is informing national and international best-practice on critical areas such as HIV/AIDS prevention, home-based care for those infected with HIV/AIDS and succession planning for orphans and vulnerable children through our Children in distress Programme. It also specialises in developing innovative cost effective approaches to poverty reduction. This long term research that has created numerous publications is the subject of a PhD thesis 2012-2015 (the importance of local appropriateness in the development of health programs in Africa) Over the last 37 year and in the future, ICROSS long term strategy works through rights based approaches, recognizes and supports Government strategic plans such as the National Poverty Reduction Strategy, The National AIDS Strategic Plan, National Health Sector Strategic Plan; National Malaria Control Strategy Paper including WHO supported Roll Back Malaria programme. ICROSS plays an active role in providing data that supports evidence based policy development and through documented best practice provides research outputs that inform policy, planning and practice at all levels. ICROSS has contributed to WHO guidelines in Child Survival, Trachoma and Diarrhea control. (2003-2015)

Over the next 5 years 2015-2020 ICROSS recognizes that for strategic objectives to translate into effective and measurable development achievements, it is important that they are linked explicitly to programming systems and formal monitoring and accounting structures within the organisation. In 2015 the government of Kenya has by its constitution changed the NGO legislation and will create a body with will be called Public Benefit Organisations. ICROSS International will incorporate its strategic planning in close collaboration with the Kenyan government over the next 12 months to ensure compliance meeting all the criteria of governance and transparency. Since 2006 ICROSS has adopted a results based management calling for clear objectives, indicators and targets, to monitor and measure how a department or project is performing. Each project and activity has established performance indicators and outcomes reflecting their objectives, ensuring that there is a cross-departmental growth curve in modern systems of evaluation. Over the next five years (2015-2020) ICROSS will adopt the following strategic directions recognising and adhering to the principals of rights based approaches, will provide a framework informing our understanding of processes which impact upon poverty and rights. What

What Are Our Key Areas?

Community Owned Primary Health Care
Child- Survival, Training Traditional Birth Attendants, reduction of maternal deaths, gender-rights awareness, commercial-sex workers support, female circumcision harm reduction, safe motherhood, education and girls. Children’s

Poverty Reduction
Training health workers in desert areas, trachoma blindness control, diarrhoea control, tribal community health programmes, surgical training, desertification projects.

Children’s Rights and Gender and Development
Child-to-child sanitation and hygiene, pediatric disease control, child survival, immunization, primary health care, infant mortality control, AIDS orphans and vulnerable children’s rights, child health promotion.

Community Strengthening
Disease surveillance, women group developments, technical support to small organisations, legal and material support, water and sanitation projects, ICROSS resource leverage, partnership development and networking.

HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria prevention
Disease surveillance, women group developments, technical support to small organisations, legal and material support, water and sanitation projects, ICROSS resource leverage, partnership development and networking.

Poverty Awareness
Campaigning for child health, human rights, health rights and water rights

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