APHIAplus (AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance), IMARISHA

U.S. Presidential Initiatives:

  • Global Health Initiative
  • President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Funding Level:
US $50 million 

March 2012 – March 2017

Activity Goals:

  • Improve the well-being of poor, marginalized and underserved populations –including youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans and children affected by AIDS, pregnant women and new mothers, and infants
  • Provide testing and counseling services for HIV
  • Improve uptake of maternal, newborn and child health interventions such as skilled deliveries, immunization, family planning etc.

Activity Accomplishments (2013):

  • 245,016 individuals received HIV testing and counseling
  • 22,034 babies received the measles vaccine by 12 months of age
  • 10,480 deliveries with a skilled birth attendant
  • 6,950 adults and children with advanced HIV infection currently receiving antiretroviral therapy
  • 47,264 reached with individual and/or small group-level preventive interventions
  • 29,281 orphans and vulnerable children served

Key Partners:
Ministry of Health, National AIDS and STI Control Programme, Division of Reproductive Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Services

African Medical Research and Education Foundation(AMREF), BroadReach Health Care, Catholic Relief Services, Family Health International (FHI360), Land O'Lakes and the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Activity Locations:
Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Tana River counties.

AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Plus IMARISHA (Integrated Marginal Arid Regions Innovative Socialized Health Approach) is a five-year activity designed to sustainably improve the health of communities in the Northern Arid Lands of Kenya by delivering integrated health services and household and community economic strengthening interventions. The activity works to strengthen Government of Kenya systems and engage local communities through local implementing partners and cultural leaders to spearhead the adoption of healthy behaviors and the dismantling of retrogressive cultural practices.

APHIAplus IMARISHA provides technical assistance to improve the service delivery of health facilities and increase the demand for those services. It also helps Northern Arid Lands’ populations by enhancing access to income generating and economic strengthening activities, and by improving nutrition, food security and access to safe water and sanitation. It provides technical expertise to improve fodder production and storage, and it provides technical support to community animal health workers and input suppliers from the private sector. It also helps develop small-scale irrigation systems to grow nutritious vegetables for household consumption and income generation. Through trainings and capacity building activities, the program encourages more women to participate in livestock keeping and other household economic strengthening pursuits such as food preservation, beekeeping, and poultry and goat keeping. All APHIAplus interventions are designed to improve community health.

With APHIAplus IMARISHA support, Jitambulishe Self-Help Group established the DEFEE Milk Bar in Isiolo town.

Twenty-one women and four men established Jitambulishe Self-Help Group in June 2013. The Group quickly identified milk processing and sales as a high-income generating activity. IMARISHA provided the group with organization and business management training and a contribution of milk cans and milk testing equipment.

With their own resources, they acquired a shop front and renovated it into a milk bar business. They also acquired the local County Council license and all the necessary public health permits to operate a milk bar business.  IMARISHA provided members with technical training on milk hygiene and processing (yoghurt and mala).

The Group purchases milk from area farmers and uses their technical training to test the milk for quality and stability. They make certain that bad milk never gets mixed with good milk.

The group currently buys and processes 110 liters of milk a day. Processing fresh milk into mala and yoghurt has extended the milk’s shelf life and reduced product waste commonly associated with milk bars. Average net profit is 1,500 Kenya Shillings (about US$20) per day. Income is shared by the members and used to meet household needs such as food, school fees and medication. 

USAID Contact:
Ruth Tiampati
Activity Manager, USAID/Kenya
Tel: +254 714 606 536
Email: Rtiampati@usaid.gov

Dr. Lennie Bazira Kyomuhangi
Country Director, AMREF Kenya
Tel: +254 20 6994223
Email: Lennie.Bazira@amref.org

Dr. Koki Muli-Kinagwi
Chief of Party
+254 722 875 171
E-mail: Koki.Kinagwi@aphiaplusimarisha.org

Website:   www.amref.org

Updated March 2014


Last updated: October 01, 2014

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