Be Beautiful, Be Healthy (2019)

As part of their 2019 Community Ambassador Programme, CIGNA- a global health services company, dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being, and peace of mind. CIGNA partnered with the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) to undertake an initiative dubbed “Be Beautiful, Be Healthy”. The aim of this initiative was to mobilize barbershops and salons in Nairobi, to aid in the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention messages on Non-Communicable Diseases specifically, hypertension and diabetes.

The key objectives of the Be Beautiful, Be Healthy initiative were:

  • Mobilize a network of barbershops and beauty salons in Kenya to promote the Be Beautiful, Be Healthy Initiative.
  • Share messages for the prevention and control of high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and obesity; and
  • Conduct free screenings to the hairdressers, barbers, and their customers to encourage early detection and encourage the practice of screening.

Rapid assessment on community preparedness for NTD MDA activities in the context of COVID -19

The Covid-19 pandemic brought and continues to bring a lot of changes in the way people live and conduct their social, economic, cultural, and religious affairs. To contain the rising numbers of cases and flatten the infection curve, the Government of Kenya (GoK) put in place measures to ensure that people are protected from the virus and those who get infected receive appropriate care including testing, contact tracing and treatment (MoH, 2020).

The main objective of this assessment was to guide the implementation of LF activities in the context of Covid-19 in Kenya. The specific objectives were to:

  • Establish the perceptions of the community members on LF activities in the face of Covid 19.
  • Assess the willingness of the communities to take part in LF MDA activities planned for November 2020.
  • Explore the perceptions of the CDDs and frontline health providers on their involvement in the program activities given the Covid-19 context; and
  • Document proposed measures to be taken for successful community engagement in LF activities.

Strengthening Human Milk Banking

PATH Kenya contracted the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) to implement
the advocacy and mobilisation component of the project, Integrated Mother and Baby Friendly
Initiative Plus (MBFI+) targeting vulnerable neonates in Kenya. The overarching goal of the
project was to contribute to a reduction in maternal and newborn mortality. 

In Kenya, the project focused on establishing a Human Milk Bank (HMB) in Pumwani Maternity Hospital (PMH). The advocacy and mobilisation component was based in Pumwani health facility and the community around it. The component focused on promoting uptake of HMB by healthcare workers in Pumwani maternity Hospital and community health volunteers (CHVs) and the community in Kamukunji sub county.
The advocacy and mobilizing component aimed to create awareness on the significance of HMB and mobilize potential donors in Pumwani area to voluntarily donate breast milk to the HMB at Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Nairobi.

Utafiti Sera

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) in collaboration with the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) implemented the project, “Research- Policy Community (Utafiti Sera) on social protection in Kenya”. Utafiti Sera represents a community of researchers and policy actors that work together to ensure that appropriate policy actions and uptake occur either through programmes, legislations, policies, or administrative and other actions around an issue for which research has provided evidence, in this case, social protection in Kenya. The main goal of this initiative was to build and sustain a vibrant
community of researchers, policy makers and practitioners who then advocate for evidence-based policy uptake.