The African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) is a non‐profit, non‐governmental organization (NGO) established in June 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya by a group of accomplished African researchers and academicians. The Institute’s main focus is on implementing evidence-based programming, conducting research, training and advocacy on health and development issues that are contextually relevant to Kenya and the African continent. In partnership with local, national, regional and international partners, the Institute seeks to influence policy formulation on key development issues including health, social protection, poverty alleviation, gender, nutrition, and health promotion. Over the last thirteen years, the Institute has been involved in health and development activities in various capacities in various African countries including Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia.
To accomplish its various activities, the Institute has the vision of “Working with communities for better lives through evidence‐based programming”. Pursuant to this Mission, the Institute is involved in building the capacity of community groups; facilitating resourcing from within; and in-building sustainable mechanisms in all programme activities. Funding for the Institute’s activities is sourced through competitive bidding and strategic partnerships with various organizations. In addition, AIHD is committed to building the capacity of young people to work with communities through an internship programme, ensuring a generation of trained and capable professionals in community health and development.
An Africa where people live in dignity.
Empower communities for better lives through evidence-based programming.
AIHD envisions a world in which individuals, families and communities have capacities to improve their health conditions and enhance their well-being thus the commitment: “Working with communities for better lives through evidence based programming.”
1. To empower communities to develop sustainable home-grown solutions to the challenges they face.
2. To bridge the gap between research and programming and policy.
3. To build the capacity of young people to engage in community development.
4. To engage in the formulation and implementation of health and development policies.
Dr. Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo is the Founder Director and Technical advisor of the AIHD. Before joining the AIHD, Mary had worked with various national and international agencies in Kenya including: Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), African Medical and Research Found (AMREF); Population Council and the African Population and Health Research Council (APHRC). Mary has published widely in the areas of health and development, focusing on NCDs, HIV/AIDS, gender, youth, mothers and children under-five, rural and urban poverty, and health promotion in general. She also serves on various international committees/boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO). She is currently the Secretary of the NCD Alliance of Kenya (NCDAK) and the Coordinator of the Consortium for NCD Prevention and Control in Sub-Saharan Africa (CNCD-Africa). Mary holds a PhD (Social Anthropology) from Cambridge University in the UK and BA (Social Anthropology, First Class Hons.) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Ahmed E. O. OGWELL
Senior Policy Advisor – AIHD
Dr. Ahmed OGWELL is an expert in Global Health with a bias towards the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and Global Health Diplomacy. He has a wealth of experience in Public Health Administration, Health Policy Development and Implementation, Advocacy and Partnerships Building, Non-communicable diseases and Global Health.
Dr Ogwell is the immediate former Adviser – Global Coordination Mechanism for NCDs in the Office of the Assistant Director-General for NCDs and Mental Health, W.H.O in Geneva (up to June 2017). There he was responsible for the partnerships and resource mobilisation portfolio.
Dr Ogwell was also the Programme Manager for Primary Prevention of NCDs and Regional Adviser for Tobacco Control at the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville (2010-2017). He supported countries in Africa to build capacity in tobacco control, NCDs prevention and control, and developed numerous models of policy and implementation frameworks for tobacco control and NCDs.
In Kenya, Dr Ogwell was the founding director of the NCDs division in the Ministry of Health Kenya and also established the Office for International Health Relations (focal point for global affairs) at the same ministry. He is an alumni of the School of Public Health in the University of Nairobi as well as the Centre for International Health of the University of Bergen in Norway.
Jared Odhiambo Owuor: Jared holds a BSN (UoN) degree and postgraduate certificates in Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) and Advanced Postgraduate Course in the Management of Diabetes and its Complications (EASD/ADA/IDF, Addis Ababa). He is an NCD Advocate and fellow with Rise Up/PHI.
Jared is a Programme Officer at AIHD and Secretary of CNCD-Africa. Before joining AIHD in 2010, he worked at Kenyatta National Hospital covering MNCH, ASRH, HIV/AIDS, specialised units and general inpatient/outpatient practice.