The Integrated Primary Health Care (IPHC) Programme is led by the Aga Khan University East Africa (AKU-EA) with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in partnership with the Kaloleni district government in coastal Kenya.
The IPHC Programme aims to contribute to health system development in Kaloleni by strengthening primary health care while simultaneously enhancing the universities’ academic programmes, and ensuring quality education and context relevant research. The objective is to improve access to quality care across the continuum of care from community to district level through integrated primary health care and a functioning referral system responsive to people’s demands and needs. Ultimately, we expect to demonstrate that the programme contributes to improved health outcomes in the target population in Kaloleni and to disseminate these findings widely. The programme and this project draw on a range of disciplinary expertise across AKU and UCSF and from the district health management team.
Starting in 2011, we have built strong relationships with the district and community, undertaken some needs assessments, and begun to address some of the more immediate health system needs of the community in Kaloleni. We have provided refresher courses for community health workers, a health fair run by family medicine residents, and continuing education to health workers at the district hospital. We are also building faculty capacity to develop small educational and research projects to increase AKU-EA’s competitive grant position. We plan to undertake a district wide baseline survey between October 2013 and March 2014.