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Health Improvement

The institute uses health promotion approaches to address factors that determine health with a focus on Non Communicable Diseases(NCDs), health systems strengthening, maternal and child health(MCH), reproductive health, nutrition, communicable diseases including HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation.

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Non-Communicable Diseases

Malteser International NCD Project

Malteser International, Nairobi City County Health Services Department and the African Institute for Health and Development are implementing a project aimed at strengthening the health care system through improved capacity in management of selected NCDs within Nairobi’s informal settlements.  The project will use an innovative technology to build the capacity of healthcare workers to adhere to clinical guidelines in the management of hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus (DM) while providing a platform to easily digitalize data leading to improved NCD health information. In addition, the project aims to foster a strong public-private partnership by engaging both sectors in project delivery.

Champions for Change (C4C)

This is a coalition of three Champion organizations which include AIHD, the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) and I Choose Life Africa (ICL). C4C was formed to generate evidence and advocate for increased resource allocation in the prevention and control of NCDs among young people in Nairobi County, Kenya. The required evidence consists of NCD prevalence and risk factors among youth aged 10 to 24 years; a situation analysis on county budget allocation and spending; and policy analysis and gaps on NCDs among the youth. The goal of the C4C project is to support the County Government to allocate funds towards NCD interventions in the 2017-2018 proposed financial budget. C4C is supported by Astra Zeneca through the Public Health Institute (PHI) to launch Youth NCD advocacy strategies and provide in-depth technical assistance.             

Partnership of Child Nutrition (PCN) Africa

The main aim of the Partnership for Child Nutrition in Africa (PCN Africa) project is to assess food consumption patterns and nutrition status of children aged 6-14 years in selected urban areas in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. Assessing the food consumption patterns of children and their nutritional status offers a unique opportunity for designing programs and policies to address the prevention and control of NCDs in the African region. A baseline survey was conducted from May 2014 – April 2015 in the three countries. It aided in the mapping of baseline indicators for child nutrition in Mombasa County. The results of the survey were disseminated through in-country workshops, websites and peer review journals.

Diabetes Patients Support Programme (DPSP)

The AIHD managed a DPSP in 2013/14. The DPSP operated on two premises that: (i) early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is a very cost-effective use of health care resources resulting in an improvement in life expectancy, and (ii) by banking on a network of healthcare providers, advocacy campaigns and grassroots mobilization , referrals and follow ups can be done successfully for those diagnosed with diabetes. The pilot programme started in March 2013 in Mathare informal settlement of Nairobi County. To date, 10+ groups have been formed and/or strengthened with membership ranging from 11 to 28 members per group.

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases

This research is being conducted by a group of experienced researchers from Kenya (AIHD), Ghana (Dodowa Health Research Center), Uganda (Ministry of Health) and Cote d’Ivoire (Ministry of Health) and is financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the NTD Support Center at the Task Force for Global Health, USA. It aims to consolidate the research and knowledge related to CDDs (Community Drug Distributors) working in the NTD program, filling in the gaps of understanding in this area through primary research.  In particular, the study will identify which incentives are most accepted by CDDs, which are proven to have positive impacts on program outcomes and which are shown to be cost effective. Furthermore, this research will assess how the introduction of new treatment therapies might affect current motivation and CDD performance, providing recommendations for their implementation. Phase 1 which is underway, is exploratory, where the primary focus is on gathering the evidence for the issues discussed above, documenting and conceptualizing what best motivates CDDs and providing a framework. 

  • Immunization Project

The AIHD in partnership with WHO, AFRO and CDC Atlanta is implementing an immunization project in Baringo County. The main objective of this project is to utilize a new strategy to assess vaccine refusal/hesitancy and recommend tailored, community-driven options to increase vaccine acceptance.

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