Be Beautiful, Be Healthy (2019)

As part of their 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),  CIGNA, a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security, is partnering with the AIHD to undertake an initiative dubbed “Be Beautiful, Be Healthy”. The aim of this initiative is to mobilize barbershops and salons in Nairobi, to aid in the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention messages on Non-Communicable Diseases (hypertension and diabetes).  The target areas for the Initiative are; Kilimani, Westlands, Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), Kenyatta Market, Kariobangi North and Umoja Market. Ten (10) Clinical volunteers (nurses and nutritionists) have been recruited, trained and dispatched to these salons and barbershops, to conduct health talks on a daily basis. In doing this, AIHD and CIGNA have partnered with The Agakhan University hospital and the Good life Pharmacies to offer onsite free medical checkups on Saturdays at the various Salons and barbershops.

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) 2019

Currently, the Institute is collaborating with the Ministry of Health of (Kenya and Tanzania) and Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology(KCCO) in conducting an ethnography study on Factors Associated with Low and Inequitable Coverage and Compliance in Trachoma Endemic areas in Tanzania and Kenya with Nomadic Populations.This study aims to explore reasons why Mass Drug Administration (MDA) campaigns of Zithromax for the elimination of trachoma don’t reach all eligible population groups equally in parts of Kenya (Narok and Kajiado) and Tanzania (Kiteto and Longido). The study will develop evidence based on preferred practices for improving the design and implementation of MDA campaigns in areas with a high proportion of nomadic

Formative Research for IDA pilot project in Lamu County and Mombasa Sub-County (2018 - 2019)populations.

The Government of Kenya (GOK) through the Ministry of Health (MoH) is committed to the implementation of, Ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine and Albendazole (IDA) in the coastal region of Kenya to accelerate the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) as a public health problem by 2020 in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) targets. IDA is being implemented in the whole of Lamu County and Jomvu sub-County as a pilot to assess how to successfully implement it on a programmatic scale. The lessons learnt from the pilot will inform the scale-up of the programme to the other endemic counties in the country.  In line with this commitment, the AIHD was contracted to undertake IDA’s formative research to inform the development of social mobilization package in the two pilot sites.

Nairobi Quality Management Non-Communicable Disease Project (2016 – 2019)

Malteser International, through the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) and with funding from German Ministry for Economic Development (BMZ), is implementing a three-year project aimed at strengthening health care system through improved capacity in management of selected Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) within Nairobi’s informal settlements. The project is utilizing a paper based Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System designed to provide a robust interface between clinical patient management and reporting systems. It also hopes to provide NCD data linkages between the facilities and the District Health Information System (DHIS) that would inform planning and budgeting for NCD management in Nairobi County.

Human Milk Banking (2018-2019)

PATH was funded by DfID to implement An Integrated Mother and Baby Friendly Initiative Plus (MBFI+) for Vulnerable Neonates in Kenya. PATH sub-contracted the AIHD to spearhead the awareness creation and advocacy wing of the project in Kamukunji sub-County. The project’s overarching goal was to contribute to a reduction in maternal and newborn mortality by establishing a Human Milk Bank in Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

Afya kwa Elimu (Health in Education) Project (2018-2019)

The main goal of the project was to reduce incidences of non-communicable diseases among adolescent and youth in Nairobi County. The project was funded by Rise Up and the AIHD was sub-contracted to conduct awareness creation and advocacy on the Kenya School Health Policy (2018).

Immunization project (2016)

The AIHD in partnership with WHO/AFRO/CDC Atlanta implemented the project in Baringo County. The main objective of implementing the project in Baringo County was to identify potential solutions through community participation to address vaccine refusal and increase demand for vaccine. This was a formative study with participatory elements borrowing and adapting from the Community Action Model (CAM model), a methodology designed to build communities’ capacity to address public health concerns through active engagement of community members.