Uganda's HIV/AIDS Knowledge Management and Communication Capacity (KMCC) initiative was set up in 2012 as a core component of the HIV prevention strategy that is being funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).
Its over-arching mission is to help to improve the communication of knowledge in order to bring about a stronger response to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. To achieve this, KMCC is bringing together both Uganda-grown and international experts in HIV/AIDS, knowledge management, and communications to work with different partners in Uganda.
Kwantu Director Rob Worthington was the KMCC's Information Communication Technology (ICT) Advisor. His role was to ensure that the KMCC makes the best use of the latest technologies to improve access to information.
Our work with KMCC started by coordinating a wide ranging consultation to assess the information needs of different groups in Uganda. We used the findings from this consultation process to develop a series of personas to help us better understand the groups the KMCC was prioritising working with.
We followed this up by developing a clear content strategy. This set out how the KMCC would source and process information in ways that met the needs of the priority groups it plans to serve. This linked closely to work carried out by our colleagues at Scriptoria Communications on the KMCC communication strategy.
Building on these foundations we then developed the KMCC website. It includes the option for KMCC staff and partners to create and manage online libraries (made up of documents, videos, news stories and events). These can be imported directly from the Eldis website or added manually.
After providing training to KMCC staff, we then focused on supporting an exercise to catalogue the evidence base on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Uganda. Working with Charles Mudhumba (on secondment to the KMCC from the STAR-EC programme) we identified over 300 potential publications for inclusion and a short-list of around 150. Charles catalogued these, producing an abstract and relevant keyword tags and then uploaded them to the KMCC website.
Our final deliverable was to help visualise data on PMTCT. We made use of the free Motion Chart available in Google Docs as a tool. The visualisation is embedded on the KMCC website and updated periodically as new data becomes available.
The KMCC has a strong web platform and a clear strategy to guide it's knowledge management work. Kwantu continues to provide support as the KMCC shifts it's focus towards providing capacity building support for others in Uganda.