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

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