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Who We Are

Established in 2009, we are a Kenyan organization with a track record of working in three complementary areas of healthcare – providing care, health technology, and research. We empower communities to be actively involved in the health system, give healthcare providers the tools they need to succeed, and study our work to improve clinical services and public health interventions. We believe in building sustainable, evidence-based health systems that harnesses the strengths of communities and use locally appropriate health technologies to support the provision of care.
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Our Projects

We aim to work with communities to set-up and manage medical centers, develop health technologies to help providers succeed, and study our work to improve clinical services and public health interventions.

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Ubuntu Afya

We operate a network of 28 medical centers serving patients across Kenya.

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Stone HMIS

We developed a locally appropriate health information and clinic management system.

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Research

We partner with research institutions and development agencies to bring evidence to the forefront of healthcare provision.

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News/Updates

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When programming encounters human lives, many can be saved

This summer, through a new partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, and with funding from the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), the Innovations in Healthcare East Africa team placed graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University Rwanda with network innovators. These three-month projects focused on high-impact technology projects, such as developing new capabilities for electronic health record systems.

This summer, through a new partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, and with funding from the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), the Innovations in Healthcare East Africa team placed graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University Rwanda with network innovators. These three-month projects focused on high-impact technology projects, such as developing new capabilities for electronic health record systems.
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County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF), Homa Bay County - Job Opportunity

Afya Research Africa is involved in developing health system solutions to promote access to quality health services by under-served communities. As part of this mission, ARA deploys community medical centres in remote rural areas: Ubuntu-Afya Kiosks, in a strategy that incorporates community co-ownership and the development of complementary enterprises to cross-subsidize the costs of providing clinical care. With support from the County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF), ARA seeks to scale up this model in Homabay County. To support this scale-up, ARA seeks to engage clinical officers and nurses to provide clinical service at the kiosks...

Afya Research Africa is involved in developing health system solutions to promote access to quality health services by under-served communities. As part of this mission, ARA deploys community medical centres in remote rural areas: Ubuntu-Afya Kiosks, in a strategy that incorporates community co-ownership and the development of complementary enterprises to cross-subsidize the costs of providing clinical care. With support from the County Innovation Challenge Fund (CICF), ARA seeks to scale up this model in Homabay County. To support this scale-up, ARA seeks to engage clinical officers and nurses to provide clinical service at the kiosks...
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2016 Annual Forum: Connect, Collaborate and Learn

Innovations In Healthcare was formally launched in 2011 after two years of research and planning, led by Duke Medicine and McKinsey & Company through the World Economic Forum, on how best to support the scale and replication of innovative solutions for healthcare...

Innovations In Healthcare was formally launched in 2011 after two years of research and planning, led by Duke Medicine and McKinsey & Company through the World Economic Forum, on how best to support the scale and replication of innovative solutions for healthcare...
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2016 Duke Symposium on Scaling Innovations in Global Health

The Symposium will highlight important lessons and insights from 25 remarkable global health social entrepreneurs who are transforming health care in India, East Africa, and beyond. From technology to health services, these entrepreneurs will inspire us through a keynote presentation, panel discussions, and a structured networking session, reflecting upon their work through these social ventures:

The Symposium will highlight important lessons and insights from 25 remarkable global health social entrepreneurs who are transforming health care in India, East Africa, and beyond. From technology to health services, these entrepreneurs will inspire us through a keynote presentation, panel discussions, and a structured networking session, reflecting upon their work through these social ventures:
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Mobile Money for Health Case Study: ARA Ubuntu Afya (Kenya)

There are a wide range of challenges preventing the rural and urban poor in Kenya from obtaining quality health services, including: distance to health facilities, poor infrastructure, sub-optimal quality of health services, and overworked health providers. With funding from the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund, Afya Research Africa (ARA), a Kenyan based non- profit, has responded to these challenges by developing a chain of health kiosks...

There are a wide range of challenges preventing the rural and urban poor in Kenya from obtaining quality health services, including: distance to health facilities, poor infrastructure, sub-optimal quality of health services, and overworked health providers. With funding from the HANSHEP Health Enterprise Fund, Afya Research Africa (ARA), a Kenyan based non- profit, has responded to these challenges by developing a chain of health kiosks...
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Health Entrepreneurs Showcase Local Solutions to Reach the Poor

Health Enterprise Fund grantees explore different models to reach the poor with high-quality health services, sustainably. Grantees discuss their strategies for increasing access and how the fund’s support enabled them to expand services for low-income populations.

Health Enterprise Fund grantees explore different models to reach the poor with high-quality health services, sustainably. Grantees discuss their strategies for increasing access and how the fund’s support enabled them to expand services for low-income populations.
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Single dad’s journey with epileptic daughter

Daniel Wachira’s daughter, Michelle, nine, was born normal. However, a fall from her baby cot when she was one-year-old left her epileptic. He shares the joys and challenges of raising a special child single-handedly.

Daniel Wachira’s daughter, Michelle, nine, was born normal. However, a fall from her baby cot when she was one-year-old left her epileptic. He shares the joys and challenges of raising a special child single-handedly.
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Joanna Brigg

In 2012, 10 Africans won the much coveted JBI Best Practice Implementation Audit Fellowships, facilitated through the African Leadership Award funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

In 2012, 10 Africans won the much coveted JBI Best Practice Implementation Audit Fellowships, facilitated through the African Leadership Award funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
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HANSHEP funds Ubuntu Afya clinics

ARA has been selected for funding by the HANSHEP (Harnesing non-state actors for better health for the poor) initiative to scale up its Ubuntu Afya projects.

ARA has been selected for funding by the HANSHEP (Harnesing non-state actors for better health for the poor) initiative to scale up its Ubuntu Afya projects.
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Telemedicine challenge to Duke Student

Afya Research Africa selected to present their telemedicine challenge to Duke Student, March 20th 2015...

Afya Research Africa selected to present their telemedicine challenge to Duke Student, March 20th 2015...
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2013 JBI Adelaide Convention

In our 4th year of existence, evidence synthesis and utilization in healthcare has always been at the core of our strategy.

In our 4th year of existence, evidence synthesis and utilization in healthcare has always been at the core of our strategy.
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