Ministry of Health

The mission of the Ministry of Health is to promote and provide quality curative, preventive and rehabilitative care to Kenyans. The overall mandate of the ministry is to establish and facilitate an institutional and management structure to coordinate and manage delivery of the constitutionally defined health mandates and services at the national level.



The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization committed to conducting high quality and policy-relevant research on population and health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. The Center was established in 1995 as a Population Policy Research Fellowship program of the Population Council, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2001, it became an autonomous institution with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.



The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a state corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979, as the national body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya. Since its inception, KEMRI has developed a critical mass of scientists and technical personnel, to enable it mount a competitive research infrastructure to rank as a leading centre of excellence in health research both in Africa as well as globally.



While providing scalable quality health services in resource-poor settings is a task of daunting complexity, the ‘delivery perspective’ has also been largely neglected in academic approaches to global health and is relatively new. The AIGHD has been established and is uniquely positioned to fill this gap. It links disciplines, resources and innovative programs from academic institutions and implementing partners in both the developed and developing world, with the ultimate aim to lead the way to access to high quality health care for all inhabitants of this world.


Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières - Belgium is a non-profit international healthcare organization that has been working within the informal settlement of Kibera since 1997 providing primary care services to a highly underserved population. The focus of the Kibera project has expanded to include non-communicable diseases in the last 4 years. This includes providing evaluation and treatment of hypertension, diabetes, sickle cell disease, epilepsy, asthma, heart failure and kidney failure. All care and medications are provided free of charge to the patients. We are currently working closely with the Ministry of Health and towards a complete handover of the project within the next several years.


The Consortium for Non-communicable Diseases Prevention and Control in sub-Saharan Africa (CNCD-Africa) was established in July 2009 upon the recognition that the prevalence, burden of NCD related disease and injury was increasing among low and middle-income countries. The collective mandates of the Secretariat, Steering Committee and Expert Group are aimed at addressing the objectives of the Consortium comprehensively while building capacity in the region to prevent and control NCDs. 



The African Institute for Health & Development (AIHD) is a non-profit NGO registered in June 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya. 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 to the African continent. The Institute is also involved in policy formulation on key development issues including NCDs, health promotion, HIV and AIDS, poverty alleviation, gender, child health, nutrition and social protection. The Institute implements its activities in partnership with local, national, regional and international partners.



The Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance in Kenya (NCDAK) has emerged out of the need to comprehensively and sustainably address the rising prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Kenya and in other parts of the world. Many individuals, associations, professional bodies and institutions recognize the need to have joint action to address NCDs. NCDAK, therefore, provides a framework within which the different actors can plan, act together and ensure that Kenyans enjoy good quality of life free of NCDs and their adverse effects.



The Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO) represents community-based cancer organizations active in cancer control in Kenya.  KENCO seeks to foster: cancer awareness, advocacy and training opportunities; strategic collaboration; and local and international links with governmental and non-governmental cancer organizations.


Global Oncology (GO)

Global Oncology (GO) is a non-governmental organization with the mission to advance cancer care, research and education in low- and middle-income countries and resource-limited settings.  GO is working with partners around the world to develop innovative and collaborative solutions to the global cancer burden.  The organization is based in Boston, Massachusetts.



AMREF’s vision is for Lasting Health Change in Africa. We improve the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems. AMREF undertakes operations research to provide evidence for best practice and innovations. One of our priority research areas includes NCD’s such as cancer and diabetes especially aspects of prevention and practical service delivery models. In Kenya, AMREF is implementing more than 49 projects which combined cover all 47 counties.


Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa

Aga Khan University Medical college in East Africa is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences and  works with the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. This is a new academic community that provides outstanding health professional education, building strong programmes of research for graduate and postdoctoral training. Our faculty are involved in clinical trials, hospital registries and population research in non-communicable diseases and produce new knowledge that are relevant to practice guidelines and health policy.  

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Healthy Active Kids Kenya (HAKK)

Kenyan and Canadian researchers with an interest in the area of childhood overweight/obesity and physical activity partnered to form the Kenyan International Development Study – Canadian Activity Needs (KIDS-CAN) Research Alliance in 2007. This alliance, comprised primarily of researchers from Kenyatta University and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, was formed to address international development goals in the fight against childhood risk factors for NCDs. The partnership further lead to the development of Healthy Active Kids Kenya (HAKK), a non-profit organization providing a platform to offer opportunities for research, capacity building, information and resource sharing, directed towards supporting healthy active and eating behaviours among children and youth. Lunched in January 2012, the HAKK website continues to be updated regularly. 


Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KE

The Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) is working closely with the Ministry of Health to integrate palliative care services into the public health care system. Currently there are over 11 level five (provincial) hospital providing palliative care, and 30 level four hospital are in the process of integrating these services. 

Unlike the common belief that palliative care or hospice care is only for cancer patients, palliative care is applicable for any life threatening illness. Patients with Cancer, HIV/AIDS, complicated diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, organ failure etc will greatly benefit from palliative care. Therefore, integrating palliative care at all levels of care should be crucial in any successful health care system. 



The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Crown corporation established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 and is part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts. IDRC funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, solve practical development problems and drive large-scale positive change. 

The Centre’s Food, Environment, and Health Program develops evidence, innovations, and policies to improve health, build healthier food systems, and prevent non-communicable and infectious diseases. By investing in knowledge and innovation for large-scale positive change, IDRC enables solutions that improve the health of millions of people in the developing world, particularly women and children.

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