AMP Health Kenya

Team Objectives

  • Operationalize Kenya’s 2014-19 Community Health Strategy
  • Strengthen data demand and information use at all levels
  • Make the case for investments



Kenya is in the process of scaling up a community health services model centered around community health units, which is defined in Kenya’s Strategy for Community Health 2014-19. In the model, each unit serves approximately 5,000 people and has 10 volunteer community health workers (CHVs) responsible for 100 households each, 5 government employed community health extension workers (CHEWs) and a Community Health Committee composed of community members. This model creates a need for ~45,000 employed CHEWs nationally, a 10x increase from the current level.

Though policy is set at the national level, delivery of community health services (including employing CHEWs) is the responsibility of Kenya’s 47 counties, due to Kenya’s devolved system of government. Training is a shared responsibility between the national and county level. Counties are also responsible for primary care and county referral facilities.

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Meet The Team

Salim Hussein
Head of Community Health Unit, Ministry of Health, Kenya

As Head of the Community Health Unit at the Ministry of Health in Kenya, Dr. Salim sets policy, guidelines, and standards for community health, and oversees the Community Health Information Based Information system and the implementation of the monitoring & evaluation plan. Prior to his role as the head of community health, Salim held the position of Deputy Head of the Division of Health Promotion in the Ministry of Health. As Deputy Head, he coordinated and supervised preventive services in the government, NGOs, and private health facilities in Marsabit District, which is the second largest district in Kenya. He was the District Medical Officer for the Marsabit District and has also been the Medical Officer in Charge for the Makindu sub-district hospital. Dr. Salim received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Nairobi.

Thomas Kisimbi
Management Partner - Kenya

Kisimbi has extensive experience in RMNCH, HIV, TB, Malaria and Health Systems Strengthening having worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in various capacities including Malawi Country Director and Global Associate Director for Malaria across several countries in Africa and Asia. He has worked for KPMG’s International Development Advisory Services unit. He was most recently the Country Director for Kenya at Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative, which, working with the Government of Kenya, deworms 6 million children in 15,000 school across Kenya. Kisimbi graduated Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in nursing and economics from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing and the Wharton School. Kisimbi is fluent in Swahili and English and conversant in Chichewa (Malawi) and Kinyarwanda (Rwanda). His interests include the ocean, Egyptian cotton and Ella Fitzgerald. He would describe his sense of humor as enjoy-life-nothing-is-too-serious-you-can't-laugh-at-it-quirky.