Amref Health Africa

africa conference4Amref Health Africa was officially founded in 1957 to deliver mobile health services and to provide mission hospitals with surgical support. Over the years, Amref Health Africa has committed itself to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities to strengthen local health systems, thus established itself as Africa’s largest International Health NGO. Country programmes are implemented in seven African countries with a focus on East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania), Senegal and the country of Southern Africa. Amref Health Africa in Kenya is the largest and oldest country programme aiming at a lasting health improvement for the people of Kenya. It is involved in emergency response initiatives such as the Drought Response (2009), the Cholera Outbreak Response (2015) and the Garissa University Response (2015) and works on the successful implementation on over 40 projects in 47 counties nationwide through five programmatic Amref Health Africa approaches:

Reproductive, maternal, newborn, adolescent and child health: Amref Health Africa in Kenya supports reproductive health and rights for women through ensuring access to effective contraceptives, skilled obstetric services, assisted delivery, ante-natal and post-natal care and care of newborns. Through the implementation of integrated management of childhood llnesses (IMCI), the country programme supports a holistic approach to disease management where the overall health of the child is considered, addressing all causes of childhood illness.

HIV, AIDS, TB and Malaria: A key focus of Amref Health Africa in Kenya’s is disease prevention and treatment, especially building capacity and scaling up resources in response to the most prevalent diseases on the continent – tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. Amref Health Africa in Kenya incorporates a holistic approach to manage disease, as any treatment must be accompanied by education programmes to prevent the spread of disease, measures to ensure that patients follow treatment plans and adequate health staff to diagnose disease and administer and monitor treatment, particularly in remote areas.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): Amref Health Africa in Kenya seeks to increase access to sustainable, safe and adequate water, appropriate sanitation and hygiene practices. The goal is to reduce prevalence of WASH-related diseases such as dysentery, cholera, trachoma and typhoid and to protect women and children from WASH-related disease epidemics in Amref Health Africa’s areas of operation.

Clinical and Diagnostic Services: Amref Health Africa in Kenya seeks to strengthen the capacity of appropriately trained health workers, improve access to quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care and to strengthen laboratory services in partnership with the Ministry of Health and health development agencies. Through services such as the clinical outreach programme to remote hospitals in more than seven countries, Amref Health Africa provides access to specialised health care including cleft lip and palate, obstetric fistula repair and general and urology surgery to disadvantaged communities across Africa.

Research and Advocacy: To consolidate its position as a leader in African health development, Amref Health Africa will research and develop position papers on key health issues affecting communities in Africa as well as disseminate information through publication in peer reviewed journals and technical briefing papers. Amref Health Africa will further test innovative methods to deliver health and training across Africa. Through adoption of such methods as e-learning and mobile learning, Amref Health Africa will train significant numbers of health workers aiming at improving national health systems.These successful interventions, behaviour change models and tool kits designed and piloted by Amref Health Africa in Kenya have received international acclaim and have been adapted by other implementing partners and international agencies with the same level of success. As such, Amref Health Africa in Kenya was awarded A1 Ranking by the Global Fund for TB and Malaria in 2015 for its high project performance and contribution towards improvement of health outcomes at the community level.


ROLE IN PROJECT

Amref will contribute its extensive experience with previous and up-and-running eLearning and mLearning  programmes in  the  health  sector,  by  taking  an  active  part  in  a number  of  WPs.  As  Leader  of  WP 8 (Communication,  sustainability,  replicability  &  exploitation)  Amref  will  leverage  its  large  network  in  SSA  to prepare  the  ground  for  replication  and  scale-up  in  other  implementation  contexts  once  the  project  has  been completed.


PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

Jackline Kiarie holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Chemistry and Education (Bachelor of Education Science) and has a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) from the Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is the product development  and  delivery  lead  at  Amref  Health  Africa,  the  largest  Health  NGO  in  Africa,  and  has  a  10-year expertise in programme and operations management. The programmes have focused on product development and delivery, program management, building capacities of health workers for effective health service delivery, build of  technology  solutions,  partnership  growth  and  management,  vendor  and  financial  management  in  the  health sector.  Jackline  has  successfully  managed  a  $  7,000,000  health  programme  focusing  on  the  design  and deployment  of  a  mobile  technology  solution  through  the  different  stages  of  development  and  deployment, including  developing  the  business  strategy  and  partnerships,  leading  and  managing  of  the  overall  team  and developing  business  opportunities  with  the  private  and  public  sector,  including  donors,  implementers  and governments in Africa. The mHealth innovation solution Leap which has been developed to improve capacities of health workers in health service delivery in Africa has won various awards over the last 3 years and successfully transitioned  into  a  social  enterprise.  Jackeline  was  also  successfully  involved  in  building  capacity  of  health workers on national M&E policies and strategies, monitoring progress and quality assurance in implementation of health programs in a CDC funded program.

Peter Otieno holds a BSc degree in Business Information Systems of the Middlesex University in London, GB.  Since  2011  Peter  is  at  Amref  Health  Africa  in  Nairobi,  Kenya.  As  Operations/Technology  Lead  he  is ensuring service providers adhere to SLA’s (Service Level Agreements) and the team provides quality service to clients.  In  his  position  he  develops  new  business  opportunities  for  internal  and  external  stakeholders  via technology related initiatives. Besides those tasks he manages the quality assurance process for mobile content
delivery using technology sprints as per the requirements specifications.

Diana Mukami holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology of the Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, a Master of Arts degree of the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. More than that she also holds a post baccalaureate certificate in Instructional Design of the Athabasca University in Athabasca, Canada. At Amref Health Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, she is a Regional Programme Manager for national and international projects. She is an experienced professional in design, implementation and management of  small, medium and large  scale  technology-supported  capacity  development  programmes.  She  developed  capacity  development models that have scaled across cadres and geographies in Africa. She is passionate about development in Africa and  has  worked  and/or  implemented  programmes  in  multiple  countries  such  as  Kenya,  Uganda,  Tanzania, Malawi,  Zambia,  and  Lesotho.  Her  specialties  include  designing,  testing  and  deploying  eHealth  models  with evidence for replicability and scalability across various scenarios, content  creation for deployment via multiple ICT channels, managing cross-functional teams across multiple geographies in sub Saharan Africa. She has been involved in strategy development, and has been a speaker at local, regional and international forums.

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

LEAP  -  In 2012, Accenture worked side by side with Amref to create a truly unique cross-sector partnership comprising Amref Health Africa, Accenture, the Kenyan Ministry of Health, M-Pesa Foundation, Safaricom, and Mezzanine. The combined world-class expertise and funding of around $6.5 million in grants resulted in a leading  mobile  health  learning  application  known  as  “LEAP,”  designed  for  basic  mobile  phones  in  SubSaharan Africa. Nine learning topics were initially created in collaboration with experts and built on a multichannel  mobile  platform.  This  was  rolled  out  to  300  community  health  workers  and  18  community  health extension workers to test the application. Following the success of the initial pilot, over 30 additional topics for community health workers were created and an application was developed that allows supervisors to track the learning  progress  of  their  community  health  workers.  The  pilot  was  then  scaled  to  provide  training  to  over 3,000  community  health  workers.  Through  LEAP,  community  health  workers  can  access  continued  training through their mobile device, peer learning through social engagement, strengthened supervision through direct access to supervisors, and updates and campaign messages to rapidly mobilize and respond to outbreaks.

APHIAPlusIMARISHA  –  AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus IMARISHA (Integrated Marginal  Arid  Regions  Innovative  Socialized  Health  Approach)  project:  is  a  five  year  project  (03/2012  –03/2017) designed to sustainably improve the health of communities in the Northern Arid Lands of Kenya by delivering integrated health services and household and community economic strengthening interventions. It aims at increasing the availability & uptake of quality health information, products & services, and to address the social determinants of health in the Northern Arid Lands of Kenya, through a country-led, country-owned & country-managed approach. The project works to strengthen Government of Kenya systems and engage local communities  through  local  implementing  partners  (LIPs)  and  cultural  leaders  to  spearhead  the  adoption  of healthy behaviours and the dismantling of retrogressive cultural practices.

Comprehensive  Nursing  Training  Programme  –  The  Comprehensive  Nursing  Training  Programme  in Uganda has been adopted as a national policy and curriculum for the training of nurses in Uganda.

Jijenge  –  a project in Tanzania that piloted  male involvement in reproductive health through a rights-based approach is being replicated as a model by UNFPA in Tanzania.

eLearning – An eLearning project has been used to retrain 22,000 nurses in Kenya


KONTAKT

Adresse_Grafix Adresse:  Langata Road, P.O Box 27691 – 00506, Nairobi, Kenya.

Email:  info@amref.org

Telefon:  +254 20 69 93 000

Webseite:   http://amref.org/

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