CPHD identifies critical gaps in the systems and then designs its initiatives around them. The objective is to ensure that every patient receives care and is not turned away for inadequate infrastructure, equipment, or inefficient staff. Its initiatives are centered on these areas:


Over the years, maternal, newborn and under-5 child survival have became a cornerstone focus of CPHD’s mission and work. The organization has identified the following to be some of the key barriers to saving the lives of children:

  • Lack of life-saving technology and practices at lower levels of care
  • Longer-term case-based training
  • Higher levels of motivation and teamwork
  • Issues around sustainability

CPHD has founded three social enterprises to address sustainability issues: Hewa Tele for comprehensive oxygen solutions, MediQuip Global for repair and maintenance of medical equipment and Community Health Partners for pharmacies for the poor.


Nurse anesthetist training

Most countries in Africa struggle with an acute shortage of trained anesthesia staff. For every 13 health workers capable of performing surgery, there is just 1 anesthesia staff in most rural areas of Africa (International Journal of Surgery). What if nurses could be trained to become anesthetists?


Medical equipment management

An ill-maintained incubator can kill an infant; a malfunctioning anesthesia machine can maim or kill mothers, babies, children, or any other patient for that matter while an incorrectly calibrated ventilator can cost lives. Medical technology is supposed to be life saving.


CPAP for children

Pneumonia is the number one killer of children under 5 years. Every year, 2 million children under the age of 5 die globally due to acute respiratory infections. The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a low-technology device that helps babies breathe easily, and gives caregivers the crucial time window to arrange for advanced care when needed.

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Access to oxygen

The World Health Organization recommends oxygen as an essential drug. It is a crucial component of essential emergency healthcare and is critical to prevent the deaths of the majority of the mothers and newborns dying in the region. Yet, oxygen is rarely available in health facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa once you move out of cities.


ICU development

Critical care units in Sub-Saharan Africa are in need of rescue. Starting from increasing the number of units to equipping the units, from increasing the number of staff to ensuring the staff have the skills.


Simulation training center

More than 25% of surgeries with adverse outcome can be prevented. The 2 key changes required to ensure this is decrease the number of errors and increase the level of skills. To achieve this, what's needed is practice, practice and more practice. This is not possible when one is dealing with real patients.


Pharmacy for poor

The majority of medicines available in the market in Africa are counterfeit. People from the lower-income sector buy and take these medicines without any hesitation. On top of that, they most often either reuse old prescriptions or depend on the pharmacist to advise them on the path of treatment. The alternatives are either time-consuming or expensive.


Ultrasound training

The East African Health Worker Training program was conceived to complement GE Foundation’s donation program in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The program team realized that many of the donated equipment were not being put to optimal use mainly due to lack of user knowledge.