ACHAP Wins New Award to Reduce Maternal and Child Deaths in Kenya and Uganda under USAID’s New Partners Initiative

The African Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) is pleased to announce that it has been selected by USAID’s Bureau of Global Health to lead implementation of the new $15 million ACHAP Afya project under the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI): Global Health (GH) APS Round One: Community Health Networks.

The goal of the ACHAP Afya project, which will initially run from July 2020 – July 2023, is to reduce child and maternal morbidity and mortality in Kenya and Uganda. This will be done through implementation of high quality, high impact community intervention in reproductive health (RH); Family Planning (FP); maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH); nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions. The project will initially be implemented in Kilifi County in Kenya and in Arua and Nebbi Districts of Western Nile region in Uganda, with a possibility of expansion to other regions. The selected implementation regions have some of the highest child and maternal morbidity and mortality in their respective countries.

ACHAP will implement the project in partnership with the following local organizations:

  1. The Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK), a leading national faith-based organization (FBO) of Protestant church health facilities and programs from across Kenya. CHAK will lead implementation of the project in Kilifi County, Kenya.
  2. The Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB), which is the health office of the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and the technical arm of the Health Commission of the Uganda Episcopal Conference. UCMB will lead implementation of the project in Arua and Nebbi Districts, Uganda.

Established in 2007, ACHAP is a regional platform for Christian health associations and church health networks from across Sub-Saharan Africa. ACHAP brings together more than 40 national level faith-based networks providing health services in 32 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa to share resources, establish technical working groups, and provide ongoing training and technical assistance to its members. ACHAP also provides a platform for advocacy and networking for its members on matters of health development. ACHAP members partner with national Ministries of Health to provide critical service delivery at health facility and community levels.

For additional information, please contact the following:

Ms. Nkatha Njeru- ACHAP Coordinator. Email: coordinator@africachap.org

Dr. James Mukabi- Chief of Party, ACHAP Afya Project. Email: jmukabi@africachap.org

ACHAP in partnership with Emory University empowered WASH Champions from 5CHAs from 5 African countries in Nairobi, Kenya

The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene at Emory University (CGSW) developed an assessment tool to evaluate WASH conditions within health Care facilities in low- and middle-income countries. This tool is known as the WASH Conditions Assessment Tool.

The tool helps to do the following:

  • Develop a comprehensive overview of the status of WASH conditions, infrastructure and resources in a given HCF
  • Provide real-time data for information and prioritization of activities to improve WASH in HCF
  • Contributing to the evidence base for advocacy for WASH in HCF

ACHAP Secretariat in partnership with Emory University with support from Water lines USA hosted a training on WASH in Health facilities in the second week of June 2018 from 11th to 16th in Nairobi, Kenya . The training brought together participants from 5 CHAs (Christian Health Associations), members of ACHAP coming from 5 African countries such as Lesotho, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya.