Research targeting men who have sex with men (MSM) is limited in Kenya due to the criminalised nature of MSM activity, high levels of stigma and discrimination1 for this population. For Ishtar, involvement in conducting research to address issues affecting the community is a critical towards improving health outcomes of the community. Thus by conducting research, documenting the findings and disseminating the findings to those most influential in terms of advocating, planning and implementing HIV prevention, treatment and care may have a broad and lasting effect on the provision of HIV-prevention services to MSM population’
Currently, Ishtar is a member of the GALCK Research advisory committee (RAC), whose mandate is to coordinate research on MSM/LGBT to ensure meaningful community engagement, development and ownership of research undertakings. Thus, Ishtar may contribute to the GALCK RAC mandate by getting involved in research, as a key performance area.