Healthy Communities in Africa

Who We Are

Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA) is a non-profit organization registered in Kenya, working in the health and development fields in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa. PHDA is affiliated with the University of Manitoba, building on its 35-year legacy of successful STI and HIV research, prevention, care and treatment programs in Kenya and Africa.

Our programmes are rooted in the programme science approach, which is defined as the systematic application of theoretical and empirical knowledge to optimise public health programmes’ scale, quality, and impact.

Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with teams based in several counties of Kenya. Most of our research and programme delivery work is in Kenya. Through technical support and partnerships, we also work in 12 other African countries


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PHDA presents at CAHR 2021

PHDA in partnership with University of Manitoba and MAAYGO presented at the Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR) in May 2021. The presentation introduced the key concepts of program science and shared a practical example of a HIV Self Testing project in Kenya. Program Science is the systematic application of theoretical and empirical scientific knowledge to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of public health programs. This presentation provided conceptual clarity of the approach and showed how this approach is applied in a real life intervention in Kenya. The presentation received very positive feedback from the participants.
Presenters : Dr. Marissa Becker (UoM), Parinita Bhattacharjee (PHDA/ UoM), Bernadette Combo (UoM),
Memory Melon (PHDA), Manas Migot (MAAYGO) and Dr. Rob Lorway (UoM)
Facilitators: Dr. Leigh Mclarty and Dr. Lisa Lazarus


In addition to pioneering research in the areas of HIV and STI, the team has also conducted a broad spectrum of health research and generated evidence for the development of programmes and policies.

Some of our recent focus areas are:

  • Relationship between violence, mental health, and risk of HIV infection
  • The biological determinant of HIV acquisition
  • Impact of introduction of new products like HIV self-testing
  • Understanding the HIV prevention landscape in Kenya

Programme Development & Delivery

PHDA and University of Manitoba have implemented programmes for more than two decades. The team was among the first to initiate HIV prevention and treatment programmes with sex workers in Kenya. PHDA currently implements:

  • The Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) which reaches 35,000 female sex workers and men who have sex with men in Nairobi.
  • Project in partnership with the National Kenya Police to integrate key population curriculum into the pre-service police training curriculum
  • Evaluation of an HIV prevention programme with Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in Nyeri, Kenya
  • Assessment of Global Fund supported AGYW projects in Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Cameroon
  • Evaluation of a pilot project with young women who sell sex and young men who have sex with men


PHDA collaborates with several organisations to implement its programmes. The partnerships are with

  • Academic and research institutions like the University of Nairobi, Aga Khan University, KEMRI, University of Maryland
  • Government Institutions like the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP), National AIDS Control Council (NACC), county governments
  • Civil society organisations especially community led organisations
  • Funders like Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, CDC, OSIEA, Fund for Innovation and Transformation, IAVI

Systems Strengthening

PHDA has prioritised strengthening systems primarily within the government to sustain the gains.

  • Set up a Technical Support Unit, embedded within the National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP), Ministry of Health, Kenya, to scale up its key population and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme
  • Implement a South to South Learning network with 10 African Countries in partnership with Genesis Analytics under the Global Prevention Coalition, UNAIDS