Centre for Health Markets Innovation (CHMI) Launch in Uganda

The Event:

The Institute of Health Policy Management and Research (IHPMR) is the East Africa’s Analytical Partner for the Centre for Health Market Innovations. The Institute will on 13th January 2012 host the launch of Centre for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) in Kampala, Uganda at Hotel Africana, from 10:00am-1:00pm.

The launch will attract participants drawn from the health sector including key stakeholders such as health program implementers, donors, policy makers, researchers and academicians from institutions of higher learning. It will also include presentations of health market innovations in Uganda and a panel discussion with implementers of innovative healthcare models in areas such as:

  • Pharmaceutical service delivery,
  • Family health and reproductive health,
  • Child and maternal health and HIV/AIDS.

In February 2011, IHPMR had a successful launch of CHMI held at the Fairmont Norfolk hotel in Nairobi while a similar launch was held in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania on November 24th 2011 at the Moven Pick Hotel.

About CHMI

CHMI is a global information resource for programs that engage private health care providers to improve health and financial protection for the poor. It is supported by a network of partners that operate in 16 countries. The Centre for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) seeks to document the many Health Market Innovations around the world. These innovations are divided into five categories that facilitate:

  1. Organizing Delivery: Programs that reduce fragmentation and informality of health care delivery.
  2. Financing Care: Programs that mobilize funds and give purchasing power to the poor.
  3. Regulating Performance:  Programs that set standards enforce and promote quality care.
  4. Changing Behaviour:  Programs that educate and train consumers and providers to seek and deliver better care.
  5. Enhancing Processes: Programs that apply new technologies and operational processes to improve quality, access or cost.

Health Market Innovations are programs and policies—implemented by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurs or private companies—that have the potential to improve the way health markets operate. These programs and policies enable the transactions between consumers and private healthcare providers to lead to better health and financial protection, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable.

Objectives of launch

The objectives of the Centre for Health Markets Innovations in Uganda launch include:

  • To create awareness about the Centre for Health Market Innovations in Uganda.
  • To share top line profile of health market innovations in Uganda documented on the CHMI database HealthMarketInnovations.org
  • To promote efforts towards scaling up of health market innovations in Uganda.
  • To provide a forum for stakeholders in the Ugandan healthcare sector to meet, share ideas and experiences and network.

For further inquiries and clarification details about the launch, please email: maria.tinka@ihpmr.org or Mercyline.adhiambo@ihpmr.org



e-Health Africa Conference: Integrating m-health into e-Health Strategy Implementation

22 – 23 March 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

Anadach Consulting Group, in collaboration with the Kenyan Government and Tele-Health Society of Kenya has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the e-Health Africa Conference which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2012. The e-Health Africa Conference 2012: Integrating m-health into e-Health Strategy Implementation is one of the first multi-stakeholder event focusing on e-Health in Africa that will take place on the continent. The conference will identify best practices and lessons-learned from those who are in the process of developing, or have already developed national e-Health strategies. In addition, the conference places a special emphasis on m-health given that Africa has the fastest growing mobile market with over 50% of people using mobile phones. McKinsey estimated that opportunities in the global mobile healthcare market were worth between $50 and $60 billion in 2010 and growing.For more details, please follow this linkhttp://www.anadach.com/e-Health_Africa_Conference_2012.

CRS Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Conference

Creating Value Through ICT4D Partnerships: NGOs, Government and the Private Sector Innovating Together

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (Open to all interested parties)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (Open to CRS staff, Government of Rwanda representatives, donors and CRS local partners)
Thursday, March 29, 2012 (Open to CRS staff only)
Where: Hôtel des Mille Collines – Kigali, Rwanda


Why: The conference will provide a space where solution providers, development practitioners, international donors and government agencies can come together and learn about successfully deployed solutions and sustainable business models with a focus on agriculture and health. We’ll look at what we have learned to date about deploying ICT4D solutions in the field and consider best practices to measure the impact of ICT4D in programming.

Who should attend: Technology solution providers; NGO directors, project managers and field staff; international donors; and local government actors from Central Africa who are interested in the application of ICT4D solutions to enhance the quality and accountability of development programs.

There is no charge to register for the conference. Out-of-town participants are to cover their travel, accommodation and visa costs. Hotel registration and visa information will be shared soon. Conference details, including information about the registration process, will be posted on this page as the information becomes available.

Would you like to present at the conference? Catholic Relief Services is accepting applications from all interested parties that would like to share experiences on March 27th. The presentations should relate to the theme of the conference. Instructions on how to apply are available separately.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Toishia Powell at CRSICT4DConference@global.crs.org.





Last year, KEMRI hosted the 1st KEMRI Annual Scientific and Health (KASH) Conference on:  Advances in health research towards Kenya Vision 2030. The 2nd KASH Conference will be held from 8th to 10th February, 2012 at KEMRI Headquarters in NAIROBI, KENYA under the theme Towards a healthy, globally competitive nation: Vision 2030 flagships. The conference will focus on the promotion of Critical Knowledge, skills, entrepreneurship for Competitiveness. You are all invited to submit Abstracts. Deadline for submission of Abstracts is 30th November 2011. Details for the preparation and submission of Abstracts are provided below.

Pre-conference symposiums shall be held on 7th February 2012 to address: 1) Road Traffic Accidents: Epidemiology, Socio-economic impact, mitigating factors; 2) Non-communicable Diseases; 3) Knowledge Translation and Knowledge Management- REACH-PI

Conference Objectives

  • Promote innovative research for addressing Kenya’s health challenges in the 21st Century
  • Showcase advances in science and technology for innovations and entrepreneurship
  • Explore utilization of health research findings for socio-economic development

Conference sub-themes

  • Biotechnology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Public Health & Health Systems, including Cause & effects of road accidents on health and economy
  • Traditional Medicine and Alternative Therapy
  • Microbiology, Parasitic Infections and Entomology
  • Non-Communicable
  • HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis
  • Neglected Diseases
  • Sexual, Reproductive and maternal Health
  • Research Ethics
  • Governance leadership and public administration


Who should attend

  • Researchers, Academicians, Postgraduate students
  • Health Workers
  • Managers and Policy makers in Government, Intergovernmental and Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Research administrators
  • Staff of other health Research organization and agencies in Kenya


Abstracts Preparation and Submission: Abstracts for consideration as oral or poster presentations must be prepared in English, using Tahoma typeface size 12, in single line spacing. Abstract title (with the text center justified) should include the title, author’s names and affiliations (list multiple affiliations one below the other) and mark each with a superscript. The name of the corresponding author, where there is more than one author, should be marked with an asterisk superscript (*), and E-mail, telephone/Fax contacts of the corresponding author provided as a footnote. The Abstract body should be no more than 350 words, should contain 3-6 keywords, and should be divided into sub-sections as follows:

  • Background– describes the research context
  • Objective– describes the research objective
  • Method– describes the research methodology used
  • Results– summarizes findings in sufficient detail to support the conclusions
  • Conclusion €“ states the conclusions draw from results, including implications.



  • Abstract submission deadline 9th December 2011
  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit manuscripts for possible publication in the African Journal of Health Sciences
  • Deadline for submission of manuscripts – 15 January 2012


Language and Submission Policy: The abstract should be prepared in grammatically correct English, well structured, and in easy to understand language. First authors are limited to a maximum of two oral presentations.

Mode of Presentations: Presentations are welcome in oral and poster formats. Posters should have a uniform size of A0 and legible. Audio-visual equipment (lap top computers and LCD projectors) will be available for oral presentations at the Conference venue.

Abstracts Acceptance: The Conference Scientific Committee reserves the right to accept or reject an Abstract. Authors of accepted Abstracts will be required to submit full papers to be peer-reviewed for publication in the African Journal Health Sciences.

Exhibitions/Promotions: Companies/Organizations are most welcome to display promotional items at the Exhibition stands provided at a fee of KShs80,000.00 for the three days of the meeting.

Conference Registration Fee: Early Registration Fee (before 16th January 2012) KShs1,000, Late Registration (after 16th January 2012) KSH 2,000.


For Further Information: Kindly, contact the KASH Secretariat: kash@kemri.org or Dr. Jennifer Orwa (the KASH Conference Chair) at jorwa@kemri.org or Dr. Matilu Mwau (the KASH Conference Secretary) at mmwau@gmail.org

Intergrating ICT into the Health Sector

By Caroline Salamba

This year marked  the 4th AITEC AfriHealth Conference held in Kenya that brought together researchers, medical practitioners, Non Governmental Organizations, Pharmaceuticals, HMO’s, Health Informatics Professionals, the academia  and ICT personnel to share information on the developments in the use of ICT to improve healthcare in Africa.  The focus was on current research, development and implementation of ICT technology and resources in the African Healthcare Arena.

The objective was to share knowledge and experience from practical mobilization of ICT-based healthcare systems and projects, to showcase best practices through practical case studies and highlight potential for scaling up success stories at national and regional levels.

Information and communication technology (ICT) has the potential to impact upon many aspects of the health sector. The ability of communities to access health services is influenced by information and communication processes.  Through e-health, m-health, and Tele-health, information and access to health services can be achieved effectively.

ICT can be used to engage people in the issues, help them find acceptable and appropriate solutions to health problems and encourage individuals and communities to play a vital role in protecting their own health.

Even though there are many ICT innovations in healthcare, the impacts of its success are not felt as expected.  This could be attributed to the fact that the end user – who is the healthcare provider, cannot relate to the innovation or is unable to implement it properly.  There is a disconnection between the ICT professionals and Healthcare Providers and unless these two parties  come together and with a common mission of merging ICT technology and clinical processes, then great innovations will continuously be made but without successful  and effective results.

Sustainability and affordability have however remained major threats to  innovations.  This will remain a challenge unless  a solution is found for access to healthcare become a norm rather than a  luxury especially in the marginalized areas in Africa.

I hope to see a success story that is not only innovative and helps in achieving the healthcare objectives of a community, but also one that empowers the locals of a community in terms of education, innovation and financial freedom so that they can continue sustaining themselves once the funding is over ; thus the innovation becomes part of their everyday life.

For more details follow the link below


Link updated by Ndwiga Gikiri

CHMI is launched in Tanzania

November 24th 2011, marked the launch of the Centre for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) in Tanzania. The event, organized and coordinated by the Institute of Health Policy Management and Research (IHPMR); CHMI’s East Africa analytical partner, was held at the Moven Pick hotel, Dar-es-Salaam.

The launch brought together stakeholders from the health market in Tanzania including policy makers, implementers, funders and academic research institutions. There was also a great media presence at the event. It was an interactive session which included poster presentations of the health programs in Tanzania documented on the CHMI database. The Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlet (ADDO), made a special display of the program highlighting the factors that enabled it to move from its pilot stage to a government sponsored program. The programme incorporated the presentation of CHMI’s database to all participants at the launch that created an awareness of the existing health market innovations in Tanzania. A panel discussion comprising of a policy maker, two implementers and academic researchers engaged the audience through a question and answer session.

In a speech read by, Mr. Winna Shango, the Chief Pharmacist in government, Mrs. Blandina Nyoni, Permanent Secretary  (Ministry of Health and Social Affairs,) termed the event as a breakthrough in the Tanzanian market. She identified CHMI as a platform for implementers to share ideas, learn, and gain the required publicity for their health innovations. In line with the main theme of the launch Working to improve health market performance for better health and financial protection for the poor,” Shango was optimistic that the website will be able to shine the spotlight on innovations in the market and thus increase the number of interventions in the Tanzanian market place.

He confirmed the commitment of the Tanzanian government to provide quality, affordable and accessible health services to its 44 million citizens. However, poor health infrastructure, limited access to quality health services, shortage of skilled health providers and health financing were cited as the major constrains to this development.

“The launch means a lot. CHMI will connect people; it will connect organizations and will connect countries,” commented Jafary Liana from Management Sciences for Health (MSH). The launch of Centre for Health Market Innovations signifies a new beginning for health innovation programs in Tanzania; as IHPMR will continue profiling programs and creating forums in the country for all stakeholders to share information.

1st National Human Resources for Health Conference

Renewing commitment to the health workforce towards achievement of MDGs and Vision 2030

Health system strengthening is the cornerstone for achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals and the wider objective of universal coverage of quality, assessable, affordable health care. The Human Resources for Health (HRH) is a key component of the health system and the bedrock of service delivery. It is necessary to place the HRH crisis as a national agenda, and integrate HRH into the national health development strategy and plan took centre-stage. In order to achieve these recommendations and resolutions, the HRH Interagency Coordinating Committee (HRH ICC) has prioritized the holding of the Inaugural National HRH Conference to take place in December 7–9, 2011.

The Permanent Secretary,Ministry of Medical Services,in consultation with the Permanent Secretary,Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation,  chairs the National Organizing Committee (NOC).

Date: December 7–9, 2011
Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya
Program: Proposed Conference program and will be updated frequently, please click here for the updated version
Registration: To register for the conference, please complete the Online Registration Form. Registration fees do not apply.

If there is difficulty, then kindly email the HRH Conference Secretariat with the following details necessary for Registration:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Organization
  • Province
  • Email Address
  • Mobile Number

For further information, please contact the Conference Secretariat:

Email:  hrhconference@intrahealth.org
Call:  254.20.3521.568

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CHMI-IHPMR Team Meeting

By Toywa Mutoti,

IHPMR Communication Assistant

November 8th marked one of the memorable events on IHPMR’s calendar 2011; as two officials from the Results for Development (CHMI) from Washington took a trip to Kenya to visit the IHPMR team. Maria Belenky, a Senior Programme Associate and Trevor Lewis, a Programme Associate from the Centre for Health Market Innovations were visiting from Washington DC.

Rockefeller- CHMI-IHPMR Team at JacarandaCarolyn Bancroft from the Rockefeller Foundation also accompanied the two to take part in visiting various health program models in the field. Amongst those visited included the Jacaranda Maternity Health Program in Nairobi’s Babadogo area, the Changamka Health Initiative in Ngara and the M-Afya Kiosks in Rankau area some kilometers past Kiserian.

The three later had an opportunity to meet the entire IHPMR staff in Kenya and shared ideas and information regarding the activities of both the organizations.