What we do

CPHD tackles neglected and difficult areas in the healthcare system through technology, training of health workers, and creation of local social businesses, with special focus on improving maternal and child healthcare. It supports provision of life-saving healthcare technologies to public health institutions in order to improve local capacity to meet the needs of local communities. It provides baseline assessment of current capacity and need, facilitating introduction of new equipment and the required reciprocity by receiving agencies (usually the Ministries of Health and health institutions), training, incubating market-driven intitiatives to ensure better health outcomes.

It builds three key areas of local capacity: 

  • Education and training: Integration into national systems
  • Workforce development: Cadres adept in simple technology
  • Social enterprises: Self-sustainable businesses to deliver cost effective services

CPHD’s initiatives are centered on improving essential healthcare services through:

 

1   3  
CLINICAL SKILLS
Examples of programs:
CPAP, ETAT, Ultrasound training,
Nurse Anesthesia training
2 HEALTH FACILITY PLANNING
Examples of programs:
Strategic planning for health facilities
4
  EQUIPMENT & INFRASTRUCTURE
Examples of programs:
Medical equipment repair & maintenance,
Oxygen manufacture & distribution
  PUBLIC POLICY & BEST PRACTICES
Examples of programs:
Development of national guidelines on
CPAP usage, Introducing Anesthesia
training for nurses

 

"We strive to meet and exceed
the highest professional standards''

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH

CHPD helps improve access to quality health services in developing countries by complementing the governments’ efforts to provide training in operation of essential medical equipment and other critical infrastructure for effective health service provision.

Our innovative solutions include building a training program for Nurse Anesthetists to bridge the huge gap in this field. Kenya has an acute shortage of anesthetists, and women and newborns have died during delivery while waiting for one. The initiative to train nuses as anesthetists has come as a relief for public health facilities in areas which are far away to transfer patients to bigger hospitals in cases of emergencies. The CPAP of children program has enabled the creation of a generation of Super Trainers in the application of this essential intervention for babies in respiratory distress. Two of the social enterprises, Hewa Tele and MediQuip Global, have strong training components along with the core services, making the solutions unique and comprehensive. 

It is not enough to provide facilities with just equipment. The health workers need to know when to use it, how to use it (and use it optimally), and how to care for it to ensure maximum usage. 

 

''We use Operational Research to
identify and apply the best practices''
 

RESEARCH AND PUBLIC POLICY

CPHD has developed capacity for operational research to identify health service delivery gaps. It is therefore primarily placed to interrogate the basis for and make recommendations for public health advocacy and public policy. CPHD has also developed key partnerships with academic, research, and public policy organizations in the region to further this objective.

First Nurse Anesthesia Training in Kenya public hospitals

CPHD has spearheaded a national-Kenya Registered Nurse Anesthetist (KRNA) training program based at Kenya Medical Training College. It has helped to develop a strong curriculum, recruit competent tutors and enroll the first class of KRNAs to be trained in a public institution in Kenya.

National guidelines for CPAP usage for newborns

Through the CPAP for children program, CPHD and the Kenya Paediatric Association have brought about the national-level guidelines for applying CPAP on newborns. It paves the way for CPAP being part of essential therapy for children and for its curriculum to be adopted in national-level training institutes.